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Joan Rivers

Stops Breathing During Surgery

8/28/2014 7:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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5:00 AM PT (8/29) --
Melissa Rivers released a statement saying Joan is now "resting comfortably."

8:49 AM PT -- The NYPD tells us ... Joan is currently in critical condition. 

We're told ... at one point, Joan's heart stopped beating. 

It's unclear if doctors were able to restart the comic's heart. 

8:15 AM PT -- We're told an emergency call was placed to 911 at 9:39 AM ET and the caller said, "We have somebody in either cardiac or respiratory arrest."
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was rushed to a hospital in New York City moments ago ... after she stopped breathing during a surgery on her throat ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Rivers was undergoing the throat procedure in a clinic (specifically on her vocal cords) ... when she stopped breathing during the surgery.

Sources say 81-year-old Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital in New York.

We're told her daughter Melissa is on her way to New York.

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Story developing ...

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1133 COMMENTS

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31.

MYOB    

OMG what nasty comments..how would any of you feel if she was your mom?? I hope she is ok, wouldn't wish death on anyone except this one lady I work with..lol

21 days ago
32.

allieoop    

prayers for Joan and her family

21 days ago
33.

FreaKKa    

This news is ok as long as I don't have to hear crap about the Kartrashians.

21 days ago
34.

Harleyxx    

I guess she shouldn't have outed Michelle Obama as a tranny.

21 days ago
35.

BUSTIN QEUVER    

Alright ..Goodnight.

21 days ago
36.

carlb    

we can lose rivers but keep betty white she is a national treasure. lolo

21 days ago
37.

Paul    

More plastic surgery or a throat operation?

21 days ago
38.

obamalamadingdong    

Hope Joan is ok she's a great lady...tells it like it is . gives the pc crowd fits..to all you haters you're probably gay.

21 days ago
39.

gman    

The comments mirror much of Joan's behavior towards others over the past couple decades.

21 days ago
40.

shawn    

TMZ really needs to start monitoring comments. This is ridiculous!

21 days ago
41.

Charlie Shween    

She is the female Don Rickles. I love her brutal honesty. I hope you pull through Joan the world wouldn't be the same without you!

21 days ago
42.

Imrich_bitch    

Another big mouth greedy Jew !

21 days ago
43.

Diana    

haha they wrote vocal chord instead of cord - maybe she is in the key of C when she talks....

21 days ago
44.

Sloane    

because of Joan's age (and luckily because she can afford to) she should only have medical procedures done in a hospital specifically for this reason- the doctor who was performing the procedure should have seen to that

21 days ago
45.

RunLA    

Die you disgusting old fart, you ain't even funny.

21 days ago
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