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Comic Rivers suffers cardiac arrest

Joan Rivers is in a New York hospital after she was rushed from a doctor's office when she went into cardiac arrest, police and hospital officials said.

The 81-year-old comedian's condition wasn't immediately known.

"This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to," said Sid Dinsay, a spokesman for the Hospital.

"Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support.

" We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available."

New York police officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorised to publicly name Rivers, said she was taken to the hospital just after 9.30am yesterday, New York time.

Rivers' representatives didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

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The entertainer has logged a half-century in show business. She hosts Fashion Police on E! network and co-stars with her daughter, Melissa, on the WEtv reality show, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? She also presides over an online talk show, In Bed With Joan.

Her latest book, Diary of a Mad Diva, was released this summer.

In 2009, Rivers emerged as the winner of NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice. A documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, premiered in theatres in 2010.

Rivers coined the phrase Can we talk? in her standup routines and, interviewing fashionistas on the red carpet, introduced the question, Who are you wearing?

A native of New York, Rivers originally entered show business with the dream of a theatrical career, but comedy became a way to pay the bills.

"Somebody said, 'You can make six dollars standing up in a club'," she said in 2013, "and I said, 'Here I go!'"

After proving herself in comedy clubs as a rarity - a woman comedian - Rivers was a smash on her first booking on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1965. "God, you're funny," Carson told her.

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