Joan Rivers Stops Breathing During Surgery, In Critical Condition

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via TMZ:
Joan Rivers 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 chords) … 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.

Update:
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.”

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.

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