So sad. Joan is still on life support after being taken out of a medically induced coma, daughter Melissa Rivers revealed in a heartbreaking new statement on Sept. 2. Read the full statement right here.
Joan Rivers, 81, remains on life support at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, 46, confirmed in an emotional new statement. Doctors are hoping to assess any potential damage to Joan’s brain today, Sept. 2.
Joan Rivers In Hospital: Melissa Rivers Confirms Mother Is Still On Life Support
Melissa released the following statement on Sept. 2:
On behalf of my mother and our family, we are extremely grateful for all the love and support we’ve received. At this time, she does remain on life support. I know my mother would be overwhelmed by the continued outpouring of kindness, and I want to thank everyone for keeping us in their prayers.
Strangely, E! News reported on Sept. 1 that Joan was making “small, but positive steps” after she stopped breathing during a throat operation on Aug. 28 and was subsequently placed in a medically induced coma.
“It’s a slow process, but she’s on the road to recovery,” a source tells the site. “She’s getting better. Don’t believe all this ridiculous speculation.”
Joan Rivers: ‘Fashion Police’ Taping Canceled As Doctors Assess Brain Damage
Joan has been in the hospital since Thursday, Aug. 28, when she stopped breathing during throat surgery. The legendary comedian, who joked about undergoing a “little procedure” before she went into cardiac arrest during the operation, was later placed in a medically induced coma. She was taken out of her coma on Sunday, Aug. 31, according to Us Weekly.
Joan had been scheduled to appear in a special New York Fashion Week episode of Fashion Police this week, but E! canceled the taping due to Joan’s condition.
“We will not be producing a Fashion Police this week or next as we await Joan and Melissa’s return in front and behind the camera,” a spokesperson for E! exclusively confirmed to HollywoodLife.com.
Our thoughts continue to go out to Joan and her family during this difficult time.
— Tierney McAfee