Joan Rivers 'resting comfortably in a medically induced coma'
Reports in the US claim Joan Rivers is resting comfortably in a medically induced coma which doctors expect to bring her out of at the weekend, as they currently don't know how long she was deprived of oxygen.
Earlier on Thursday, it was reported that the 81-year-old comedian was rushed to hospital after she had stopped breathing during a reported throat procedure at a clinic in New York.
The hospital released a brief statement confirming Rivers was at the facility.
"Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support," said hospital spokesman Sid Dinsay.
"We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available."
A family member, however, has reportedly said that her condition remains critical - although this has not been confirmed.
A spokesman for the NYPD said earlier today that the emergency call was made at 9.39am local time from an address in East 93rd Street, Yorkville, where there is an outpatient centre which describes its mission as to "serve as a community resource for digestive disorders".
Since 2010 she has co-hosted E! show Fashion Police alongside Guiliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne.
She also currently hosts an online weekly talk show called In Bed With Joan.
Recently speaking about her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva, where over 100 celebrities get the Joan Rivers treatment, she said: "Just jokes, silly jokes."
Interviewer Fredericka Whitfield irked the notoriously controversial comic by calling the book “mean” and questioning Joan’s decision to wear fur on the front cover.
“I’m not mean, I tell the truth. I’m sure I say things that viewers say to their friends when they’re sitting on the couch,” Joan began, before getting seriously cross.
“Are you wearing leather shoes? Shut up! You’re eating chicken. You’re eating meat. Come to me with a paper belt and I’ll talk to you. You are not the one to interview a person who does humour,” Joan ranted.
“I’ve been making people laugh for 50 years. I was put on earth to make people laugh. My book is funny! I’m wearing fur from 15 years ago and I work with animal rights,” Joan continued, before walking out on the interview and leaving Fredericka gobsmacked.