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Joan Rivers rushed to hospital in critical condition

Comedian Joan Rivers has been rushed to New York City's Mount Sinai hospital in critical condition.

TMZ reports that the 81-year-old Rivers stopped breathing during a surgery on her vocal chords. At one point during the process, Rivers' heart stopped beating; it's currently unclear whether doctors were able to revive her.

Daughter Melissa, who routinely appeared alongside her mother in red-carpet interviews, is reportedly on her way to New York City.

UPDATE 12:51 p.m.: E! News reports that Rivers is now in "stable condition."