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UPDATE: Family: Joan Rivers on life support

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UPDATE:  NEW YORK (AP) - Joan Rivers' family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor's office.

Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement Tuesday that her mother is on life support "at this time." Melissa said the family is extremely grateful for the public support.

Joan Rivers was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan last Thursday. The 81-year-old comedian has maintained a busy career as host of "Fashion Police" on the E! network and co-star of the WEtv reality show, "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?"

Melissa Rivers said Tuesday that she knows her mother would be overwhelmed by the continuing outpouring of kindness.

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(NBC News) - Actress Joan Rivers was taken to a Manhattan hospital after she stopped breathing while having throat surgery at a clinic in the city Thursday morning, multiple sources familiar with the situation say.

Rivers, 81, was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in critical condition Thursday morning after she stopped breathing while undergoing the procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy on East 93rd Street.

Her publicist could not immediately be reached for comment. 

The Brooklyn-born Rivers became a household name with the 1960s launch of "That Show," her syndicated daytime talkshow, and several high-profile appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson"  and "The Ed Sullivan Show."

She went on to become a film director and writer, a novelist and the writer of a Grammy Award-nominated comedy album.

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