Joan Rivers remains hospitalized in New York City and a new report claims the comedy legend is on life support.
The no-holds-barred comedienne, 81, has been in a medically-induced coma following a routine endoscopy at a Manhattan clinic Thursday morning. Shortly after the procedure started, Rivers stopped breathing and was rushed to nearby Mount Sinai Hospital.
According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, medically-induced comas are sometimes used after episodes of cardiac arrest to slow down metabolism and take stress off the brain by slowing down neurological function. Patients are eventually brought out of their comatose state, at which point doctors can observe how much oxygen loss was suffered.
Joan’s beloved daughter, Melissa Rivers, says her mother is resting comfortably, despite the ordeal. In a statement Friday, Melissa noted that Joan would be moved by the bevy of prayers and tributes that have poured in since news of her health crisis made headlines last week.
“My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world. Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery.”
TMZ tipsters say the Rivers family “remain hopeful” that Joan will soon be able to breathe on her own without the help of machines.