Joan Rivers was hospitalized following throat surgery.
Famed and controversial comedienne Joan Rivers was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning when she stopped breathing during throat surgery. She is reportedly in critical but stable condition.
Rivers’ fans became highly concerned Thursday afternoon as reports spread that the E! Fashion Police host stopped breathing while undergoing a minor endoscopic procedure at a New York City medical clinic. According to a source who spoke with E! News, "They were putting a scope down her throat to check her vocal cords," the source revealed when "she stopped breathing."
The 81-year-old was rushed to the emergency room at a nearby hospital in critical condition where she remains in the ICU.
"This was not a major surgery," added the source. Joan’s daughter Melissa, 46, and grandson Cooper, 13, caught a flight to New York as soon as they received news of Melissa’s mom.
The most recent statement comes from daughter Melissa Thursday night.
"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."
Earlier, hospital rep Sid Dinsay released a statement regarding Rivers' condition.
"This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to. Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support. We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available."
The comedic icon had a busy and fun week prior to her health scare on Thursday. On Monday, Rivers hosted a 90 minute Fashion Police special in L.A. covering the looks from the VMA and Emmy Awards. She has also been promoting her new book in New York, "cracking jokes” and having "a lot of energy" according to sources.
Her plans to perform a scheduled show in New Jersey this week have been postponed.
We’re sending our positive energy to Joan along with her fans and celebrity friends.
I’m thinking about you, @Joan_Rivers, and sending lots of love your way.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 28, 2014
Omg, my heart goes out to @JoanRivers & her family. Many prayers for a quick recovery— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) August 28, 2014
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