The comedian is reportedly on life support. She was placed in a medically-induced coma at Mount Sinai Hospital after going into cardiac arrest during a endoscopy at a clinic. She is said to have stopped breathing during the routine procedure.
Her daughter Melissa Rivers released a statement on Friday stressing that her mother’s condition remained serious.
“My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world,” the statement read. “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.”
According to TMZ, the Rivers family is hopeful that the 81-year-old will take a turn for the better, even if they decide to turn off life support.
Celebrities including her “Fashion Police” co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne, talkshow hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Kelly Ripa, and actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Charlie Sheen have taken to Twitter to wish the legendary comic a speedy recovery.
To my dear friend @Joan_Rivers – I have known you forever. I wish you nothing but the best in this struggling time. Go get ‘em girl.
— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) August 30, 2014
— Larry King (@kingsthings) August 28, 2014
I’m thinking about you, @Joan_Rivers, and sending lots of love your way.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 28, 2014
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 28, 2014
— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) August 29, 2014
Praying for the great @Joan_Rivers one of the true loves of my life. 🙏
JUST HEARD ABOUT JOAN😥 My heart will break 💔 I’m still betting on her 🙏
— Cher (@cher) August 30, 2014
— Kelly Ripa (@KellyRipa) August 28, 2014
Lifting up @JoanRivers in love as she battles for life . Praying for Melissa and the family as well,
— Kathie Lee Gifford (@KathieLGifford) August 29, 2014
Good luck and best wishes to my dear friend, the wonderful and very talented Joan Rivers! Winner of Celebrity Apprentice, amazing woman.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2014
Sending all my love and prayers to my friend @Joan_Rivers right now.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) August 28, 2014
Hang in there @Joan_Rivers So many awful gowns are going to be worn this year as bait for you pull through. Love and prayers Court
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) August 29, 2014
All good thoughts and prayers to Joan Rivers!!!!!!!!!!!
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) August 28, 2014