Joan Rivers Remains on Life Support, Says Daughter Melissa

Joan Rivers (Getty Images)
Joan Rivers (Getty Images)

Joan Rivers continues to fight for her life.

On Tuesday, the comedian's daughter, Melissa Rivers, spoke out amid the widespread speculation over Joan's medical status. The bottom line? Her 81-year-old mother, who has been in a medically induced coma since Thursday, is not out of the woods yet.

"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," the 46-year-old said in a statement obtained by The Insider With Yahoo.

Conflicting reports have been spreading about Joan's state since she was hospitalized last week after suffering cardiac arrest during a routine, outpatient throat surgery. On Saturday, TMZ reported that Joan was life support and "completely reliant" on machines to stay alive. By Monday, there were several reports that she was slowly being brought out of her coma. Then, on Tuesday morning, E! News, which is the network on which Joan's show Fashion Police airs, reported that a source close to the situation said she was miraculously "on the road to recovery… She's getting better. Don't believe all this ridiculous speculation."

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Melissa didn't confirm whether or not Joan was being brought out of the coma. However, that is a natural next step for a patient in her position. That would then be followed by extensive testing by doctors to see if she suffered brain trauma during the period in which she stopped breathing.

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What Melissa did say, again, is that she appreciates the love and support she's received from around the globe during this difficult time — and she knows her mother would too.

"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," Melissa added, concluding her statement.

So the wait continues — and your good thoughts for Joan should, too.

As for the status of Fashion Police, production is on hold for two weeks in light of Joan's hospitalization.