Joan Rivers rushed to hospital after cardiac arrest

2014-08-29 08:38

New York – Joan Rivers (81) was hospitalised yesterday after she was rushed from a doctor’s office when she went into cardiac arrest, police and hospital officials said.

Her daughter, Melissa, said her mother was “resting comfortably” with family. She did not elaborate on the 81-year-old comedian’s condition.

“We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers,” she said. She offered thanks for the “overwhelming love and support for my mother”.

Earlier yesterday, Mount Sinai Hospital spokesperson Sid Dinsay confirmed that Rivers was brought there in the morning.

New York City police officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorised to publicly name Rivers, said she was taken to the hospital just after 9.30am. It was unclear why she was visiting the doctor’s office.

Rivers’ representatives didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

The entertainer has logged a half-century in show business and gave rise to red carpet commentary – and the snarky criticism that often accompanies it. Her signature red carpet query: “Who are you wearing?”

She continues to maintain a busy schedule, and was to perform a show today at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey. That show was postponed because of her hospitalisation.

Rivers spoke at an employee event at Time in New York on Wednesday night and appeared healthy, practically jogging when she walked in to take her seat, said Shira Blum, an online project manager.

“She seemed totally healthy,” Blum said. “She was very energetic, hilarious, funny. And it was such a shock, a surprise to hear the news.”

The Fashion Police host took questions and said she wakes up every morning and “is thankful that everything works”, Blum said.

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