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Melissa Rivers thinks Joan Rivers' death may have been a criminal act

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Melissa Rivers is suspicious about her mom's death, hires a lawyer to find the truth

Melissa Rivers and her family are in mourning after the sudden death of her mom Joan Rivers after a routine operation in August. But it looks like they are taking action, and Melissa has reportedly hired a lawyer to investigate what really happened to her mom.

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New York law firm Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz confirmed to Us Weekly that it has been hired to look into what really happened that day.

"In order to fully determine the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Joan Rivers, we confirm that our firm has been engaged by Melissa Rivers and her family," Ben Rubinowitz with the firm said.

Joan Rivers went into the endoscopy clinic for a diagnostic throat procedure to determine why her voice had become raspy recently. Rivers had reportedly agreed to an endoscopy, but the doctors at the clinic went a step further and attempted to perform a throat biopsy, something Joan had not planned on. She stopped breathing during that procedure.

"The manner of death is therapeutic complication," the New York City Medical Examiner's Office explained in its statement about Joan Rivers' death. "The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy."

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Beyond the hiring of a lawyer, Melissa Rivers also reportedly plans to file a "multimillion-dollar" lawsuit against the clinic in the coming days.

But it's not the money Melissa Rivers is after. A source told Us Weekly that "it's no consolation for losing her mother so soon."

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