Joan Rivers is reportedly in an induced coma.
CBS reported Friday that the veteran comedian was placed in a medically induced coma after she stopped breathing during throat surgery.
Rivers, 81, was undergoing throat surgery at a New York clinic on Thursday when she stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital.
Her daughter and reality show and red carpet companion, Melissa, was by her side.
“I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother,” she said in a statement. “She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”
Rivers earlier this week filmed a special 90-minute episode of “Fashion Police” and has a string of appearances scheduled in the coming weeks, followed by a UK tour in October.
Born in Brooklyn and a long-time New York resident, Rivers has spared no one her razor-sharp wit and is considered one of the best at delivering a cutting one-liner with a well-timed zinger.
The E! network reported that the surgery was “a minor endoscopic procedure” performed under sedation to check her vocal cords.
Earlier this month, Rivers, who in recent weeks has been defending Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in interviews, said in defense of her earlier pro-Israel rants that she didn’t want to hear about civilian casualties in Gaza, because “they started it.”
Rivers, who said last month that “you cannot throw rockets and expect people not to defend themselves,” said that if “you’re dead, you deserve to be be dead. Don’t you dare make me feel bad about that” on camera to a TMZ reporter who told her almost 2,000 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict. (Israel says 750-1,000 of the dead are Hamas gunmen.)
“Oh my God! Tell that to the people in Hiroshima,” Rivers said with dramatic flair when confronted with the Gaza death toll.
“They were told to get out. They didn’t get out. You don’t get out, you are an idiot. At least the ones that were killed were the ones with very low I.Q.s,” she added.
In a statement released later regarding her exchange with the reporter, Rivers said her words had been “totally taken out of context.”
She clarified, “What I said and stand behind is, war is hell and unfortunately civilians are victims of political conflicts. We, the United States, certainly know this as 69 years later we still feel the guilt of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”
AFP contributed to this report