“Sources close to Joan Rivers tell ET [‘Entertainment Tonight]’ that the legendary comedienne is in a medically induced coma following a routine endoscopy,” according to a story on the ET website.
The story adds: “Not long after the procedure started, she stopped breathing and was then rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital.”
WCBS reported that Rivers was in critical, but stable, condition.
WCBS and AP also reported that Rivers “went into cardiac arrest while undergoing a throat procedure at a clinic on the Upper East Side.
“As CBS 2’s Don Champion reported, Rivers, 81, was rushed to the hospital around 9:30 a.m. [Thursday] after she stopped breathing during the procedure on her vocal cords at the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic.
“Sources said emergency medical technicians, firefighters, and medical staff at the clinic revived Rivers, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.”
According to the website WebMD, “Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine a person’s digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, your doctor can view pictures of your digestive tract on a color TV monitor.
“During an upper endoscopy an endoscope is easily passed through the mouth and throat and into the esophagus allowing the doctor to view the esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the small intestine.”
Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, released this statement: ““I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”