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Joan Rivers enters cardiac arrest during a scoping of her vocal cords

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Controversial comedian Joan Rivers was put into a medically induced coma after cardiac and respiratory arrest. What was only to be minor look at Joan's vocal cords, almost claimed her life.

A source told E!, that Joan was sedated for the procedure, however, what medication the doctors used remains unclear at this time. According to the source, Joan stopped breathing as they were putting the scope down her throat. She became unresponsive, and then went into cardiac arrest.

This is generally a routine outpatient procedure done at Yorkville Endoscopy in New York City. ABC News reported that police responded to an emergency call Thursday morning, shortly after 9:30, about an 81-year-old woman. Joan was transported by ambulance to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

The doctors put her into a medically induced coma. They do not know how much damage she suffered because her body was deprived of oxygen. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, along with Melissa's son, Cooper, flew out to be at Joan's bedside. She released the statement, "I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers."

The night before the surgery, Joan attended an event in New York at Time Inc. Project manager, Shira Blum said, "She seemed totally healthy. She was very energetic, hilarious, funny. And it was such a shock, a surprise to hear the news this morning."

Joan is the host of "Fashion Police" on E!. She and her daughter Melissa appear on their show "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” on the WE TV channel. She also has an online talk show, “In Bed With Joan."

We wish Joan a speedy recovery.

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