Joan Rivers is heard coughing and complaining of her voice problems in what is believed to be the last audio recording of the legendary comedian.
The 81-year-old can clearly be heard saying “my voice is bothering me” and that she feels like “sh*t” and is “tired” in the newly surfaced recording.
Sounding exhausted and coughing several times in the clip, which was posted on YouTube Monday night, the fashion Police host starts out saying, “I told you I didn’t feel good. My voice has been bothering me. I don’t know what it is. So why do I feel like s**t? I’m tired already.”
She then tries to read the script, but keeps saying things like, “I feel sick” and “My voice is bothering me. I can’t. I have to do it again.”
It ends with her griping “That’s it — I don’t feel good. F**k!”.
The recording took place the day she went in for minor, elective vocal chord surgery during which she went into cardiac arrest – before dying the following week.
Joan was recording a radio ad promoting her frequent opening act Brad Zimmerman’s upcoming off-Broadway show, My Son the Waiter, a Jewish Tragedy.
In the weeks leading up to her death, Rivers also apparently agreed to take part in Jerry Seinfeld’s web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, according to a post on the Seinfeld star’s Facebook page.
“I just came across this heartbreaking text on my phone from August 19th,” the funnyman, 60, wrote. “I had asked Joan Rivers to be our lead guest on the new season of Comedians in Cars and she was thrilled. Then we got a call saying she was going in for a medical procedure and needed to postpone.”
He continued: “I would have loved to have shown another side of her, I wanted to tell her how much I admire all she had accomplished, especially in the latter stages of her career. She was one of the greats. I’ll miss her.”
Rivers died a week after her procedure, on Sept. 4, after being removed from life support.
Her death is being investigated and the clinic where she was a patient, Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan, ousted Rivers’s gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence Cohen, who was the director of the facility and performed the endoscopy on Rivers.