Joan Rivers in Critical Condition After She Stopped Breathing During Surgery

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The current status of Joan Rivers is no laughing matter. The legendary comedienne was hospitalized in critical condition after she stopped breathing during surgery. Here is what we know about what went wrong.


Rivers was undergoing an operation on her vocal chords in a medical office of some sort when she stopped breathing. An ambulance was dispatched and the patient in "cardiac and respiratory arrest" was rushed to Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan.

A source has revealed that she is still not conscious. No other details have been released, but those close to her are concerned. “We are scared,” the source said. “This is not looking good. No big medical decisions will be made until (daughter) Melissa arrives.”

It comes as shocking news to fans because just the night before, she had performed at the Laurie Beechman Theater and was her usual vibrant, saucy self. At present, friends and family have congregated inside her apartment hoping for good news.

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