55 MINUTES AGO BY TMZ STAFF
8:15 AM PT -- We're told an emergency call was placed to 911 at 9:39 AM ET and the caller said, "We have somebody in either cardiac or respiratory arrest."
Joan Rivers was rushed to a hospital in New York City moments ago ... after she stopped breathing during a surgery on her throat ... TMZ has learned.
We're told Rivers was undergoing the throat procedure in a clinic (specifically on her vocal chords) ... when she stopped breathing during the surgery.
Sources say 81-year-old Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital in New York.
We're told her daughter Melissa is on her way to New York.
Story developing ...
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