Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa released a statement Thursday evening after her mother was rushed to the hospital in the morning. Melissa, who hastened to Mount Sinai hospital in New York to be with her mother, said the “Fashion Police” star is "resting."
"I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother," Melissa said, according to E! News. "She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers."
E! journalist and “Fashion Police” co-star Ken Baker said the 81-year-old Brooklyn-born comedian is in stable but critical condition.
Our own lovely living legend Joan Rivers is in stable condition at Mt Sinai hospital ..#LiveFromE
— Ken Baker (@kenbakernow) August 28, 2014
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Just Wednesday night, the vibrant entertainer attended an event in New York to promote her latest book, “Diary of a Mad Diva.” "She was so lively and sweet," a source told E! News. "She even let people take photos with her. She definitely had a lot of energy! She was cracking jokes about everyone from Jay Leno to Jackie O. She was as sharp as she's ever been."
New York City Fire Department spokesman Jim Long said a patient was rushed from Yorkville Endoscopy to Mount Sinai by ambulance after going into cardiac arrest Thursday morning, but would not identify the person due to privacy concerns, Reuters reported.
The comedian was apparently getting a non-surgical procedure when she stopped breathing. Rivers, who often filled in for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show,” is considered a pioneer for women in stand-up comedy.
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