Joan Rivers in Critical Condition After Breathing Stops Mid-Surgery
Joan Rivers was rushed to a New York City hospital Thursday morning after she stopped breathing during a routine vocal chord surgery.
According to the Daily Mail, Rivers is now in a medically-induced coma.
The 81-year-old comedian ironically made light of her old age Tuesday night while she was performing at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in Manhattan.
"I'm 81--I could go at any moment," Rivers said onstage. "I could fall over right here and you all could say, 'I was there!'"
Shade Rupe, a New Yorker and fan who attended the show, gushed over the starlet's youthful appearance and energy.
"If you had me guess her age, I'd say she was in her 50s. She didn't miss a step, she didn't go ditzy, she didn't forget anything and her timing was amazing," he said.
The acclaimed comedian was diagnosed with osteoporosis in 2002, and doctors reportedly found a strange spot on a chest X-ray following her persistent cough last year.
Rivers entered the entertainment industry more than five decades ago with hopes of becoming a theatrical actress. She later discovered that comedy is what paid the bills in between acting gigs. She has since been shocking the world with her zany comments and altercations with the press.
In July, TMZ struck up a heated conversation with the comedian outside of LAX regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rivers then went off on an emotional rant as she defended Israel and mocked Selena Gomez's "Pray for Gaza" comment on social media.
The renowned celebrity is now in critical condition and being cared for at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
"We are scared," a source told the New York Daily News. "This is not looking good."