After several days worth of reports that icon and comedian Joan Rivers was in stable condition following a vocal chord procedure gone awry, new details paint a slightly different picture as to the star’s health. TMZ is reporting that Rivers’ is currently on life support, though her family remains hopeful for signs of improvement.
This updated report comes after news that the comedian was in stable, and then critical, condition following what several outlets are reporting to be a cardiac arrest that occurred sometime during her vocal chord surgery last week. Other reports simply state that Rivers stopped breathing.
Deadline has official word from Rivers’ daughter Melissa, who claimed nothing more than a “serious condition” status, adding that “[the family’s] fingers are crossed.” The younger Rivers also thanked fans for the outpouring of thoughts, prayers, and support during this difficult time.
On Friday, Melissa Rivers released the following statement to Deadline:
“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.”
By Saturday, neither Rivers’ family nor Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York had any official updates on her well-being, but various outlets claimed varying confirmation of her status. USA Today reported Rivers was in a medically-induced coma after going into cardiac arrest during surgery, whereas TMZ insisted the comedian was “completely reliant on machines to stay alive.”
We will have more updates as they become available. We’re sending our best wishes the Rivers family during this difficult period.