Joan Rivers in New York City in May 2014.

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By Brian Anthony Hernandez2014-08-28 15:38:49 UTC

During a surgical procedure on her throat at a clinic, 81-year-old Joan Rivers stopped breathing and was immediately taken to a New York City hospital, TMZ reported Monday.

Rivers was in critical condition, Mashable confirmed with the New York Police Department at 12:30 p.m. ET, though around the same time, Rivers’ TV colleague Ken Baker tweeted that the “living legend” was in stable condition.

The longtime TV personality and comedian, whose biting humor takes jabs at celebrities and fashion, was reportedly transported from the clinic to Mount Sinai Hospital.

A spokesperson for Mount Sinai told Mashable that the hospital had “no comment” at the time. Mashable also left messages for Rivers’ publicist and manager to gather more details.

Rivers, born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn, currently stars in Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? with her only daughter Melissa Rivers. In an episode last year, a doctor checked out Rivers’ cough and discovered a potential cancerous spot.

Rivers was in “cardiac or respiratory arrest” Monday during throat surgery, TMZ reported, citing a call made to the hospital to report Rivers’ condition before she was hospitalized.

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Rivers talks openly about her health issues (she was diagnosed with osteoporosis in 2002) as well as her cosmetic surgeries, once detailing that she began undergoing them in the mid-1960s. In the same decade, she started making a name for herself in the entertainment industry with guest stints on the Johnny Carson-hosted The Tonight Show.

Rivers released an autobiography, titled Diary of a Mad Diva, earlier this year. Most recently, Rivers appeared on Fashion Police on E! this week, dissecting the fashion choices seen at the MTV Video Music Awards and Emmys.

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