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Joan Rivers in critical condition

Critical Condition
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The 81 year old comedian was undergoing throat surgery at a local clinic in NYC on Thursday, when her heart stopped and she was rushed to Mt. Sinai hospital. She is considered to be in critical condition. Rivers was going through a surgery that involved her vocal cords at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic, according to USA Today.

A spokesman for Mt. Sinai said the River’s family wanted to thank everyone for the outpouring of concern over her wellbeing. River’s publicist has not yet responded to requests of information from USA Today.

The comedian was scheduled to make an appearance at the Count Basie Theatre in New Jersey on Friday. The theatre announced Thursday the show would be postponed, but the tickets would be honored.

According to Syracuse.com members of River’s family made a statement saying, "We are scared. This is not looking good. No big medical decisions will be made until Melissa arrives. She would want us all to laugh, but at the moment, we are all praying."

Updates will be posted as they happen.

Update: 11:21 pm CST

According to several news stations, Rivers is now resting comfortably in the hospital and is said to be in stable condition.