Joan Rivers Was in “Good Spirits,” Made Death Jokes During New York Performance Before Emergency Hospitalization: Details

Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers was in a great mood and even made death jokes before her surgery scare -- details Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Joan Rivers was in "good spirits" the night before her emergency hospitalization on Thursday, Aug. 27, a source tells Us Weekly. The Fashion Police host, 81, who was hospitalized after she stopped breathing during a throat surgery, not only attended a dinner at Amaranth Restaurant in New York City, but also made death jokes during a performance at Laurie Beechman Theatre.

"She seemed absolutely fine," the source tells Us of the comedian's state at dinner. "She was cracking jokes all night. She was in really good spirits."

Rivers, who was last reported to be in stable condition, even joked about passing during a performance just hours before her surgery scare.

According to NY Daily News, Rivers joked to an audience at Beechman Theatre, "I’m 81 — I could go at any moment. I could fall over right here and you all could say, ‘I was there!'"

"If you had me guess her age, I’d say she was in her 50s," an audience member told the site. "She didn’t miss a step, she didn’t go ditzy, she didn’t forget anything and her timing was amazing."


Earlier today, hospital rep Sid Dinsay told Us Weekly in a statement: "This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to. 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."

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