The Washington Post

Joan Rivers still on life support, daughter Melissa confirms

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, went into cardiac arrest on Thursday after minor surgery at a clinic in New York City. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Joan Rivers is still on life support after complications from throat surgery last week, her daughter confirmed.

The 81-year-old comedian went into cardiac arrest while undergoing a minor vocal cord procedure at a clinic in New York City on Thursday. She briefly stopped breathing and was immediately taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was pronounced in stable but critical condition.

Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, released a statement to media outlets on Tuesday afternoon that gave an update on her status and thanked fans for their kind words.

“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,” she said. “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.”

Since Rivers has been in the hospital, reports have been flying back and forth about her status. Earlier Tuesday, E!, which airs Rivers’s “Fashion Police,” quoted a source as saying Rivers was “getting better,” adding, “It’s a slow process, but she’s on the road to recovery.”

In addition to “Fashion Police,” Rivers has a Web series called “In Bed With Joan” that she hosts with Melissa Rivers. She was also scheduled to perform several weeks of shows in Europe this fall, on a tour called “Quick…Before They Close the Lid (Seriously…this one could be IT!).”

Many celebrities spoke out wishing Rivers well last week and through the weekend:

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.

The Freddie Gray case

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Campaign 2016 Email Updates

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Get Zika news by email

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!
Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing