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Comedian Joan Rivers still on life support, Melissa Rivers says

Reuters

3 weeks ago

<em>Comedian Joan Rivers, left, and TV personality Melissa Rivers on Feb. 16, 2011. Photo by Eric Thayer/Reuters</em>

Comedian Joan Rivers, left, and TV personality Melissa Rivers on Feb. 16, 2011. Photo by Eric Thayer/Reuters

Comedian Joan Rivers remained on life support on Tuesday after being hospitalized in serious condition due to cardiac arrest, her daughter Melissa said.

Rivers, 81, was hospitalized in New York last week after she stopped breathing during a vocal cord procedure at a Manhattan clinic.

"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," Melissa Rivers said in a statement.

She added that her mother would be overwhelmed by the kindness people have shown, and thanked everyone for keeping her mother in their prayers.

Rivers, an actress and stand-up comedian known for her acerbic brand of humor, has been at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan since Thursday.

Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Additional reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy in Los Angeles; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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