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Joan Rivers’ daughter releases statement from her mother’s hospital bed

2014-08-29 06:58

New York - Joan Rivers' daughter, Melissa Rivers, has released an update about her mom's condition.

Melissa released a statement to Us Weekly via a representative from the Mount Sinai Hospital.

"I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother," the statement read.

"She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers."

Rivers, the brilliant but acerbic US stand-up comic who blazed a trail for female comedians, was rushed to hospital in New York on Thursday in a critical condition, reports said.

US media said the 81-year-old Rivers stopped breathing while undergoing surgery on her vocal chords at a clinic in New York's Upper East Side and rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital.

A spokesman for the New York Fire Department told AFP that officers responded to an emergency call at 09:40 from an address on the Upper East Side, taking a patient to Mount Sinai.

Rivers earlier this week filmed a special 90-minute episode of her E! TV show Fashion Police and has a string of appearances scheduled in the coming weeks, followed by a UK tour in October.

- AFP/Us Weekly

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