UPDATE: Joan Rivers has passed away at the age of 81.
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Joan Rivers‘ daughter Melissa (pictured here) revealed on Wednesday (Sep 3) that her mother has been moved from the ICU into a private room at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital, where she has been reportedly “resting comfortably” since last week after she suffered cardiac arrest and “stopped breathing” during an operation on her vocal chords.
At this point, Rivers’ condition remains critical/serious, and she is reportedly being “kept comfortable” on life support while in a medically induced coma.
“My mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable,” Melissa Rivers said in her statement. “Thank you for your continued support.”
Melissa didn’t say whether or not her mother’s condition had improved, but friends of the family have dismissed claims that Joan was left fighting for her life amid fears she may be left a “vegetable,” saying that the comedienne’s condition continues to improve daily.
“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.”
“She is a rock. She is calmer than I’ve ever seen her,” the source told E! News in regards to 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.”
Joan’s daughter Melissa Rivers immediately flew from Los Angeles right after the incident and has remained at her bedside since.
“She is a rock. She is calmer than I’ve ever seen her,” the source told E! News about 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.”