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Joan Rivers now 'stable' in New York hospital: Reports

Published on Aug 29, 2014 1:35 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - Joan Rivers, the acerbic US stand-up comic renowned for her rapier wit, was rushed to hospital on Thursday after suffering complications during a medical procedure, colleagues said.

US media said the 81-year-old Rivers stopped breathing while undergoing surgery on her vocal cords at a clinic in New York’s Upper East Side and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

A spokesman for the New York Fire Department told AFP that officers responded to an emergency call at 9.39am after a woman suffered a possible cardiac arrest.

The patient was taken from 201 East 93rd Street, the address of Yorkville Endoscopy clinic, to Mount Sinai, he said.

US comedian Joan Rivers poses for photographers as she presents Comedy Roast With Joan Rivers at the annual MIPCOM television programme market in Cannes, southeastern France, in this October 6, 2009, file photo. Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Rivers was rushed to a New York hospital on August 28, 2014 after she stopped breathing during surgery on her vocal chords, reported NBC New York. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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