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Joan Rivers Still on Life Support, Daughter Says

By Anne Cohen

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Joan and Melissa Rivers // Getty Images

Melissa Rivers has confirmed that her mother and “Fashion Police” co-host Joan Rivers is still on life support.

“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,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement.

The 81-year-old lady of comedy was placed in a medically-induced coma at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York after she stopped breathing during a minor throat procedure on August 28. Though she remains on life support, she is apparently making some small but positive steps towards recovery.

“It’s a slow process, but she’s on the road to recovery,” a source told E! News. “She’s getting better. Don’t believe all this ridiculous speculation.”

Melissa Rivers, who flew to New York with her 13-year-old son Cooper, has thanked Rivers’ fans for their support during this difficult time.

“Thank you for your continued love and support,” she said in a statement released Sunday. “We are keeping our fingers crossed.”

“She is a rock. She is calmer than I’ve ever seen her,” the same source said of 46-year-old Melissa. “All these reports about doomsday are not true. She is her mother’s daughter and she’s tough as nails. She’s the person keeping everyone together.”

According to a friend, Joan was laughing about “going in for a little procedure” on the night before the operation.

What a fighter. Get better — we miss you.


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