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Joan Rivers’ condition upgraded after near-fatal surgery scare

Joan Rivers has been rushed to a New York City hospital after a serious complication during an outpatient surgery at a nearby doctor’s office, but her condition has already been upgraded. On Thursday, E! News reported that the legendary comedian stopped breathing during a minor throat surgery and was in critical condition when authorities arrived on the scene. TMZ posted that a 911 call was placed describing a person who was either in cardiac or respiratory arrest.

RIDGEWOOD, NJ - JULY 01: Joan Rivers promotes 'Diary Of A Mad Diva' at Bookends Bookstore on July 1, 2014 in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
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The “Fashion Police” star, who looked to be in perfect health earlier this week during E!’s Emmys red carpet coverage, was taken to Manhattan’s Mt. Sinai Hospital, where she remains. But Internet rumors quickly spread that the 81-year-old comedy veteran had passed away, so E! News anchor Ken Baker stepped in to set the record straight. Baker tweeted, “Our own lovely living legend Joan Rivers is in stable condition at Mt Sinai hospital. #LiveFromE.”

In an eerie twist, Rivers made joke about her own death less than 12 hours before her near-fatal surgery scare. According to the New York Daily News, the comedian headlined a Manhattan gig just hours before she was rushed to the hospital, where she joked that she was 81 and “could go at any minute.”

The sharp-tongued comedian has made headlines throughout 2014. Earlier this year, Entertainment Weekly reported that an irate Rivers walked out in the middle of a taped CNN interview with anchor Fredricka Whitfield because she didn’t like the line of questioning. The controversial comic also found herself in hot water earlier this month when she got caught on camera saying Palestinians who have lost their lives in the Gaza conflict “deserve to be dead.”