Veteran comedian Joan Rivers has been rushed to a hospital after she reportedly stopped breathing. Reuters reports that the E! mainstay was undergoing surgery on her vocal chords at a New York clinic when she stopped breathing and was taken to nearby Mount Sinai Hospital.
Rivers’ daughter, Melissa Rivers, was reportedly en route to the hospital to be with her mother.
“Mount Sinai gave no details on the condition of the 81-year-old Brooklyn-born celebrity but said it would provide an update as it becomes available,” the story reports. “Ken Baker, an entertainment journalist at E! News, which features Rivers as host of its show ‘Fashion Police,’ said on his Twitter account that Rivers was in stable condition.”
A hospital spokesman issued a statement saying: “Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support.”
Reuters adds: “New York City Fire Department spokesman Jim Long said a patient reported to be in cardiac arrest had been taken from Yorkville Endoscopy to Mount Sinai by emergency workers responding to the call at 9:40 a.m.
“Long declined to name the patient due to privacy concerns, but the NBC television affiliate in New York said it was Rivers and that she had stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal chords.”