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Joan Rivers in critical condition after surgery

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Joan Rivers was hospitalized after complications during throat surgery. (Source: CNN) Joan Rivers was hospitalized after complications during throat surgery. (Source: CNN)

NEW YORK (CNN) - Joan Rivers was rushed to a New York hospital after she stopped breathing during surgery.

A law enforcement official told CNN the 81-year-old comedian was in critical condition after her heart stopped while undergoing throat surgery Thursday morning.

TMZ reported she was having a procedure done on her vocal cords at a clinic.

Rivers is best known for her sarcastic, sometimes offensive, humor and the red carpet and celebrity style critique shows she has co-hosted with her daughter, Melissa. She has also won a Daytime Emmy and was nominated for Grammy and Tony awards.

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