Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York hospital

Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:45pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly stopped breathing during surgery on her vocal chords at a nearby clinic, the hospital said.

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.

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.

"Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support," said hospital spokesman Sid Dinsay in a statement.

One of America's best-known comedians, Rivers is considered a pioneer for women in stand-up comedy.

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.

Representatives for Rivers did not immediately return calls or emails, and a representative for her daughter, Melissa Rivers, declined to comment.

A representative for E! could not immediately be reached for comment.   Continued...

Comedian Joan Rivers arrives for the premiere of the documentary "Joan Rivers - A Piece Of Work" during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in this file photo taken January 25, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files