Joan Rivers “resting comfortably” in hospital after apparent cardiac arrest

Comedian Joan Rivers is “resting comfortably” in a New York hospital after apparently suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during a procedure at a medical clinic Thursday.

Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, issued a statement Thursday night after arriving at the hospital following a flight from Los Angeles.

“I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers,” she said.

A law enforcement official told CNN that Rivers stopped breathing during throat surgery. Rivers, 81, was taken by ambulance in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

The clinic address given by a New York Fire Department spokesman is a building that houses an endoscopy clinic where doctors perform minor procedures on patients. The clinic is a mile away from the hospital.

“This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to,” hospital spokesman Sid Dinsay said in a statement. “Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support. We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available.”

Rivers had been scheduled to perform her comedy act at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey, Friday night.

Michael Lucas, who was in the audience for Rivers’ show at New York’s Beechman Theater Wednesday night, told CNN that she joked about death.

“She said, ‘You know I’m 81 years old, and I could drop dead at any moment and you would be so lucky because you will have a story to tell your friends for the rest of your life,'” Lucas said. “Then she mimicked people talking about what it was like to see her drop dead on stage.”

Rivers was in fine form, he said. “There was no sign (Wednesday) night that she was declining. Her show was over an hour long and she never stumbled or even paused to catch her breath.”

In 2013, Rivers allowed cameras to record a health scare for her and her daughter’s reality show, “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?”

Rivers said on the show that doctors found a spot on an X-ray after she had a persistent cough.

“We’re just not going to be sad about this,” Rivers said during the episode. “We’re gonna do jokes and be up until we know. That’s how I deal with things. I’m not just gonna sit around the next couple of days and go crazy.”

Rivers has been open about her health issues. She was diagnosed with osteoporosis in 2002 after a fall down some stairs left her with broken bones, and she became an advocate for screenings for women.

She also admitted to not being as healthy as she could be.

“I try not to be, but I’m a terrible eater,” she said. “I wish I could say I eat super-healthy, but I don’t. I love junk food — it should be its own food group — so I help my bones with supplements and medicine.”

 

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21 comments

  • Annie Wingo

    Joan,
    GET WEll QUICK!! We r counting on u to make us laugh.
    I love u so much!! U r the funniest woman ever!!!
    Melissa stay strong. We r all beside u, praying for a very speedy recovery for ur mom!

      • LOL

        You must be joking… Joan insults everyone including babies in the name of “jokes” and she makes “jokes” out of tragedies. I can assure you that the individuals (and their families) affected by the tragedies she “jokes” about are not laughing. Only sickos like her find her funny and (or) appealing which means you are just as sick as she is if you fancy her or her nonsense. If she can make demented and repulsive “jokes” about others, that means she’s fair game as well :) Who cares if it’s karma, old age, genes, poor lifestyle choicesor whatever caused it… some people will wish her well while many will also have a field day with her just to give her a dosage of her own pill.

    • .......

      Who gives a f##k if she’s a “comedian”… that’s the more reason why she should be able to take a joke as well. Lets see how funny it is for her, her daughter and loved ones when people wish death upon her, make fun of her poor health conditions, her having a heart attack, being in a coma, etc. GTFOH with that she’s a comedian bullcrap. If she can dish it, then she should be able to take it pal.

      • tammie

        Sad to me, you sound so angry and insensitive. You are talking about a person you don’t even know…what does that say about your character.

      • .......

        @Tammie: Angry and insensitive for telling the truth? Alrighty then.. that means Joan must be a saint in your deluded world. Keep licking her behind but that’s not my thing. Pretty soon a bunch of wackos and pathetic losers like you and Joan will come on here to troll and attack those who tell it like it is… wait, it’s already happening…

  • Jane Duh

    Butt hurt much? I wish Joan a speedy recovery so she can continue to butt hurt the minions of pc cry babies…get over it….apparently her humor works since the butt hurt is pandemic on this thread…

  • John Rivers

    I hope the widow Rosenberg pulls through.That will ensure that the husband she drove to suicide gets a few more years peace before she crosses over.:)

  • Debra Schwartz

    So sad to read the negative comments about Joan Rivers, she is a female comedic icon and has made so many people laugh. Yes, she made fun of people, but she made fun of herself too. If you are that thin skinned that you cannot realize she had freedom of speech, bc US allows us to have, then you shouldn’t be here. Joan is ranked w top comedians, god bless Robin Williams and Don Rickles. They made us laugh at others expense, but never forgot to make us laugh at themselves too! Stop writing negative comments if you haven’t experienced the history of great comics in US.

    • .......

      She has freedom to say what she wants just like others have freedom to respond and say what they want too. What’s the problem here, only one can play the game? No way. Sounds like you shouldnt be here yourself because you fail to understand that free speech is for all not some.

  • Maria

    Joan, you’re the best be strong fight back. I’ll continue to pray and always in our thoughts. Melissa, your mom is a loving beautiful lady please don’t don’t leave her side and pray, bring pastor and rabbis please pray. Get all the best of best doctor
    Melissa be strong.

    • Shaun

      Yeah and call the tooth fairy santa and a couple of leprechauns while your at it!bring pastors and rabbis.. you’d think your taking about mother Teresa! I wonder what those pastors and rabbis would think of her justifying the slaughter of 500 children, in the past seven weeks. At least 11,000 people were injured and more than 17,000 homes destroyed or badly damaged. Around a third of Gaza’s 1.8 million people have been displaced.Poor St.Rivers I’m sure she’d be praying for you if you were sick.get a life!

  • shaun

    Yeah and call the tooth fairy santa and a couple of leprechauns while your at it!bring pastors and rabbis.. you’d think your taking about mother Teresa! I wonder what those pastors and rabbis would think of her justifying the slaughter of 500 children, in the past seven weeks. At least 11,000 people were injured and more than 17,000 homes destroyed or badly damaged. Around a third of Gaza’s 1.8 million people have been displaced.Poor St.Rivers I’m sure she’d be praying for you if you were sick.get a life!

  • Kathy

    Joan I hope you over come this serious illness. You are a great lady. I will be praying for you and your family. God bless you, Melissa, and Cooper.

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