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Comedian Joan Rivers' condition remains serious, says daughter

Published on Aug 30, 2014 2:53 AM
Joan Rivers (left) and Melissa Rivers attend the Elie Tahari Fall/Winter 2011 collection show during New York Fashion Week in this file photo taken February 16, 2011. Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa said in a statement on Friday that her mother's condition remained serious after the television personality was hospitalised following a cardiac arrest. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Comedian Joan Rivers was in serious condition on Friday at a New York hospital a day after she was admitted suffering cardiac arrest when her breathing stopped during a vocal cord procedure, her family and hospital officials said.

“Her condition remains serious, but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible,” her daughter, Melissa, said in a statement released by Mt. Sinai Hospital where Rivers was rushed on Thursday.

“My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world,” Rivers said. 

Rivers, 81, had gone to a New York clinic for a vocal cord procedure on Thursday. Without identifying the brash comedian specifically, the Fire Department of New York said a patient reported to be in cardiac arrest was taken to Mount Sinai from Yorkville Endoscopy by emergency workers at mid-morning.

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