Comedy icon and long-time friend to the theater community Joan Rivers, 81, is now "resting comfortably," according to her daughter, Melissa Rivers, in a statement released to NBC Nightly News. ABC News reports that the star stopped breathing while undergoing a throat procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy on the Upper East Side and was subsequently rushed to Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Rivers has appeared on Broadway in Fun City, Broadway Bound and Sally Marr...and her escorts (for which she was nominated for a Tony Award). She is reportedly gearing up to reprise her performance in Sally Marr, which she wrote alongside Erin Sanders and Lonny Price. Earlier this month, she shared a picture on Twitter with costume designer William Ivey Long, presumably in preparation for her return to the stage.
The star has frequently expressed her love for the Great White Way, including while on Show People with Paul Wontorek.