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NEW YORK — The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances surrounding Joan Rivers' cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure.

PHOTO: This image released by E! Entertainment shows, from left, Kelly Osbourne, EJ Johnson, Joan Rivers, George Kotsiopoulos, and Giuliana Rancic on the set of "Fashion Police." Taping for Joan Rivers' E! network show "Fashion Police" has been put on hold, the network confirmed Thursday. Rivers remains hospitalized at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Rivers hosts the show and her daughter, Melissa Rivers, is its executive producer.  (AP Photo/E!, Brandon Hickman)
This image released by E! Entertainment shows, from left, Kelly Osbourne, EJ Johnson, Joan Rivers, George Kotsiopoulos, and Giuliana Rancic on the set of "Fashion Police." Taping for Joan Rivers' E! network show "Fashion Police" has been put on hold, the network confirmed Thursday. Rivers remains hospitalized at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Rivers hosts the show and her daughter, Melissa Rivers, is its executive producer. (AP Photo/E!, Brandon Hickman)

Spokesman James O'Hare said Thursday the department is looking into "the whole matter," declining to discuss specifics.

The 81-year-old comic and red carpet commentator died Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.

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PHOTO: FILE - In this May 14, 2014 file photo, TV personality Joan Rivers attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters in New York. The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances surrounding Joan Rivers' cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure. Rivers was hospitalized Aug. 28, after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
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