There's uncertainty over a farewell UK tour by veteran entertainer Joan Rivers as the 81 year-old star remains in a New York hospital seriously ill.
Ms Rivers is due to start her last UK tour in Oxford in October followed by appearances in Bournemouth, Brighton and Southend before a night at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
She is keen to play one last time to her army of fans in the south where she has "a great following", according to friends. A close friend told ITV news he was "desperately sad at hearing the news and prayed she would make her final UK tour dates."
The 81-year-old is said to be in "a critical condition" in Mount Sinai hospital in New York. She stopped breathing during a procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy, sources told NBC.
Rivers found fame in 1968 when she appeared on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. She has gone on to become an award-winning talk show host, actress and author.
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