Entertainment Celebrity Joan Rivers ‘serious’ in New York hospital

Joan Rivers ‘serious’ in New York hospital

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Joan Rivers, the acerbic 81-year-old US stand-up comic and television presenter, remains seriously ill in a New York hospital for a second day, her daughter says.

Brooklyn-born Rivers reportedly stopped breathing while undergoing a medical procedure on her vocal cords at a clinic in New York on Thursday and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital.

“Her condition remains serious, but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible,” daughter Melissa Rivers said in a statement released by the hospital.

“We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery.”

As a result of her health crisis, Rivers’ comedy gig at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, has been postponed.

Stars such as Charlie Sheen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson flooded Twitter with messages of support for Rivers and her family.

Actor Sheen wrote, “Please come back to us young lady,” while Modern Family star Ferguson offered, “Sending all my love and prayers to my friend @Joan_Rivers right now.”

Other tweets poured in from Rosie O’Donnell, Larry King, Ellen DeGeneres, Zachary Quinto and Courtney Love, who wrote, “Hang in there @Joan_Rivers So many awful gowns are going to be worn this year as bait for you pull through. Love and prayers Court.”

Meanwhile, comedian and TV roast master Jeff Ross made light of his friend’s health crisis, joking, “Don’t worry folks, @Joan_Rivers won’t die because she refuses to follow Robin Williams. Get well mama. We need you.”

Williams died earlier this month.

New York Daily News reported that Rivers was on Thursday placed in a medically induced coma after going into cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine doctor’s visit.