Joan Rivers Stops Breathing: 911 Called, Rivers Rushed To New York Hospital [Updated]

Joan Rivers reportedly stopped breathing while having a procedure on her vocal chords. According to TMZ, Rivers was having the procedure done at a clinic in New York when someone called 911. The 81-year-old comedian was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital in New York after she stopped breathing. The person who called 911 told the operator, "We have somebody in either cardiac or respiratory arrest."

Rivers' current condition is unknown. Her daughter, Melissa, was said to be en route to the hospital not even an hour ago.

The procedure that Joan Rivers was having down on her vocal chords was unclear. It's unknown if this was something that needed to be done, or if this was something she just wanted to do. Often times, people who speak a lot or sing a lot need to have procedures done on their vocal chords.

People Magazine also confirmed the news but added no new details to the original report.

Rivers has been very outspoken in her life as a comedian. She is sharp as a tack and has never been afraid of controversy. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Rivers recently took heat for poking fun at Ariel Casto's victims. In talking about her apartment in New York, Rivers said, "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space."

Rivers hardly ever regrets her jokes, as insensitive as they may be. She is well-liked by many people who are praying for her today.

[Update] Joan Rivers' heart stopped beating for an unknown amount of time. The comedian is listed in "critical condition" at Mount Sinai hospital in Manhattan. It's unknown if doctors were able to get Rivers breathing again or if she's breathing with the help of a machine (TMZ).

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