Comedian Joan Rivers rushed to hospital following complications during throat surgery

posted on: Friday, 29 August 2014

Joan Rivers Fashion Police

It's hard to believe that just two days ago we were listening to Joan Rivers tear actresses egos apart limb for limb while analyzing their red carpet attire for the 2014 Emmys {see video below}. She looked in fine health as she claimed Taryn Manning's golden dress "had more creases than {her} face before botox." But this afternoon, as I was flying 30,000 feet in the air, a news alert came across my Jet Blue television screen. Joan Rivers was in the hospital. Reports were coming in that she was in a medically induced coma. Others were saying the star was on death's door. No real answers were coming out of this rubbish reporting and even now we have no real answers on Joan's condition or exactly how this all came about.  

So, here's what we do know about why Joan Rivers is in the hospital.

First of all, apparently Rivers, who is 81, was having some sort of throat surgery at an out patient clinic. During the procedure she stopped breathing and was then rushed to Mt. Sinai hospital for further assistance. There are varied reports on calls to 911, the time it took to get to Rivers and the possibility of brain damage because of the time she was out. Again, all of these are being reporting in various media outlets, but none have been confirmed.

Rivers' reps haven't commented, but the hospital itself has confirmed what we already know - that she needed assistance and is receiving treatment there now. 

This afternoon, media outlets ran images of Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa rushing from LA to New York to be with her mother, as any loyal daughter would, right? And this evening The Today Show received a statement from Melissa Rivers on her mother's condition - "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."

So it seems the latest news is good news. We're keeping Joan and her whole family in our thoughts this evening and hoping that we all wake up to better news tomorrow morning.

In tribute to Joan, here's the last footage of her comedic moments on Fashion Police criticizing the Emmys 2014 Red Carpet.



Image above via Joan Rivers Instagram