Melissa Rivers has settled the wrongful death lawsuit against the New York endoscopy clinic that treated Joan Rivers before her death, and in the process of concluding it, she faced some emotional revelations—including her mother’s last words.
The Today Show aired a segment about Melissa’s settlement after which co-host Matt Lauer revealed a conversation he had with her the night before.
“The discovery process for this was extremely emotional,” Lauer said. “As part of the process she actually got to learn what her mom’s last words were. She says those will remain personal but she’s satisfied that the doctors at the clinic have accepted responsibility for what happened to her mother.”
She added, “Moving forward, my focus will be to ensure that no one ever has to go through what my mother, Cooper and I went through and I will work towards ensuring higher safety standards in out-patient surgical clinics. I want to express my personal gratitude to my legal team for their wise counsel and prompt resolution of this case.”
“Filing this lawsuit was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make,” Melissa said in a statement released shortly after the news of the lawsuit went public. “What ultimately guided me was my unwavering belief that no family should ever have to go through what my mother, Cooper and I have been through. The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect, and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible.”
by KENDALL FISHER