UPDATE, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 9:45 AM: “My mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable. Thank you for your continued support,” Melissa Rivers said this morning in a statement. No other details were provided by the family.
UPDATE, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 8 AM: Joan Rivers is “making small, but positive, steps,” a source close to the situation tells E! — which has been the family’s go-to media outlet for releasing much of its information about Rivers since she was hospitalized. But, in a statement, daughter Melissa says of her mother: “At this time she does remain on life support.”
E! — the network for which Rivers hosts E! Fashion Police – said Rivers “is getting better,” citing an unnamed source it says is close to the situation. E! is the network for which Rivers hosts E! Fashion Police. The comic was rushed to Mt. Sinai Hospital last Thursday after she stopped breathing during what the network says was a “minor throat procedure” at a clinic in Manhattan. “She’s getting better,” the network reported, citing the unnamed source.
UPDATE, Sunday, Aug. 31, 12 PM: Melissa Rivers issued a brief statement today, saying her mother Joan remains in serious condition at Mt. Sinai Hospital after going into cardiac arrest Thursday during throat surgery, but “our fingers are crossed.” Melissa Rivers also thanked fans for their thoughts and prayers.
UPDATE, Saturday, Aug. 30, 5:44 PM: Mt. Sinai Hospital had no further official updates on Joan Rivers’ physical condition today when reached by Deadline, nor did the comedienne’s publicist make any further updates. News outlets such as USA Today reported that Rivers was in a medically-induced coma since going into cardiac arrest; while TMZ has written that the comedienne is completely reliant on life support. More updates as they happen.
UPDATE, Friday, Aug 29, 11:33 AM: Statement from Melissa Rivers. “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.”
UPDATE, 6:18 PM: Statement from Melissa Rivers. “I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”
UPDATE, 11:35 AM: Statement from hospital. “This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to. Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support. We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available.” – Sid Dinsay, spokesman, The Mount Sinai Hospital
UPDATE, 10:28 AM: E!, where Rivers hosts Fashion Police, says she is in stable condition. “E!, Fashion Police and NBCUniversal continue to send thoughts and prayers to Joan, Melissa and their entire family,” the network said in a statement.
PREVIOUS, Thursday August 28: Joan Rivers was rushed to a New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital this morning when she stopped breathing during throat surgery. Rivers was rushed to the hospital shortly after 9:30 AM ET in cardiac arrest. She had stopped breathing during throat surgery at a clinic on the Upper East Side. Her condition is critical.
An NYPD spokesman confirmed to Deadline that “an 81-year old woman was taken to hospital suffering from breathing difficulties” and that the hospital in question was Mount Sinai.
The comedienne stopped breathing during the procedure E! described as “a minor endoscopic procedure at a medical clinic” to check her vocal cord. Her daughter Melissa Rivers and Melissa’s son Cooper took a morning flight to NYC.
Yesterday, Rivers promoted her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva, at the Time & Life Building in Manhattan. Her employer E! reports she was “lively” and “sharp as she’s ever been” at that event.
Rivers has been very active lately. Last month she stormed out of an interview with CNN‘s Fredricka Whitfield, after Whitfield called Rivers’ trademark fashion blasts “mean,” and asked Rivers if she was concerned the fur she was wearing on the cover of her new book might offend animal rights activists. “You’re not the person to interview someone who does humor,” Rivers snapped as she exited. She shrewdly kept the spotlight trained on herself — three days later stopping by David Letterman‘s CBS late-night show, where she began to poke fun at June Allyson — America’s Sweetheart circa 1940 — and Dave walked out in protest, leaving Joan to interview herself.