Catherine Cohen has suffered a mini-stroke, forcing the cancellation of her Fringe run.
Writing from her home, the American comic posted on Instagram today: "I suffered a mini-stroke last week that was apparently caused by a congenital heart defect I never knew I had!!
"Thankfully my doctors can easily close the hole in my heart (lol) with a simple procedure but unfortunately this means I have to stay in NYC and cancel my Edinburgh Fringe shows. Obviously I am devastated, but mostly feel very happy to be alive and grateful that there's a quick fix to this issue that will have me performing again very soon."
Whilst not a major name in Britain, as a previous Edinburgh Award winner she enjoys a substantial following and had been booked into one of the largest venues in the city.