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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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1133 COMMENTS

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46.

boo boo    

Can we tawk? Yikes!

20 days ago
47.

MikeClovis    

If she goes she will be missed. One of the more honest comediennes in all of history. She is pro Israel and speaks her mind where other celebrities won't.

20 days ago
48.

mrs.deagle    

She is very mean spirited in her "comedy"....I'm not a fan.

20 days ago
49.

ladyvil    

The dead has arisen!

20 days ago
50.

RCM    

Why surgery in a clinic?

20 days ago
51.

Rhonda    

I can't believe the ridiculously callous things people are saying about her. The world is becoming an uglier place daily.

20 days ago
52.

msgee33    

She is too old for surgeries.

20 days ago
53.

Andy    

Ba da bum bum bum... Another one bites the dust!

20 days ago
54.

Kimberly    

A "throat procedure", you mean plastic surgery to fix the chicken neck. I feel sorry for no one who passes from Plastic Surgery for vanity. I DO hope you make it and DO hope you had a near-death Experience that SHOWS you just how wrong you have been about your stand on War and the kids you think Deserve to Die Because they are Palestinian. Happy Travels!

20 days ago
55.

LetsBeReAL    

I hope she's okay. And, I hope the throat surgery was absolutely necessary. At that age, when you get any type of surgery, it's like playing Russian roulette

20 days ago
56.

Andy    

Ba da bum bum bum... Another one bites the dust...

20 days ago
57.

obamalamadingdong    

Hope she's okay, I love Joan nothing PC about her drives the liberal left crazy..to all who posted hate comments. you are either pole lickers or carpet munching freaks..

20 days ago
58.

truth1253    

Not a fan but I hope for the best.

20 days ago
59.

abby    

Its ok, living isn't for everyone.

20 days ago
60.

Bison    

Karma

20 days ago
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