Joan Rivers Hospitalized: Comedienne Stopped Breathing During Surgery

One of the comedy world’s biggest mouths has been temporarily silenced.

Joan Rivers was rushed to a New York City hospital early Thursday, after doctors say the much-maligned comedienne, 81, stopped breathing during routine throat surgery. Rivers was being treated for an undisclosed condition involving her vocal chords when she abruptly stopped breathing in the middle of the procedure, TMZ has learned.

Insiders say Rivers has been admitted to Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital. There’s no additional word on her condition. Rivers’ only child, daughter Melissa, is reportedly on her way to the Big Apple to be at her mother’s side.

Always the flippant spitfire, the octogenarian had been as busy as ever in the weeks leading up to this medical emergency. Rivers spent much of the summer promoting her latest tome, Diary of a Mad Diva. And, naturally, Joan’s sharp tongue never takes a vacation: Just last month she made headlines when she referred to First Lady Michelle Obama as a “tranny” and stormed out of an interview with CNN correspondent Fredericka Whitfield.

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