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Joan Rivers on life support: Daughter in denial about mother's condition

According to the New York Daily News on Sunday, comedian Joan Rivers is on life support. Family, friends, and fans are keeping vigil at a Manhattan hospital. Rivers was placed in a medically induced coma after going into cardiac and respiratory arrest last Thursday following a procedure on her vocal cords in a New York City doctor's office.

TMZ reported on Saturday that Rivers is relying completely on machines to keep her alive. The family will have to decide in the next couple of days whether to keep Rivers on life support. Her daughter, Melissa is in denial about her mother's condition and is hopeful that the 81-year-old will improve so they will not have to make that decision. Melissa is refusing to admit that a world might exist without her mother in it, according to a source close to the Rivers family. Others who are close to the comedian are beginning to realize that the outcome might not be what they are hoping for.

On Sunday, Rivers' daughter, Melissa, said her Emmy-winning mother is resting and comfortable. In a statement through Mount Sinai hospital spokesperson, Sid Dinsay, she thanked everyone for their overwhelming love and support. Then she asked that everyone keep her mother in their thoughts and prayers.

Access Hollywood says Mount Sinai Hospital said Sunday that it had no updates to release on the comedian’s health. It was reported that Rivers would not want to live unless she could enjoy a full and active life, and she would never want to be a burden on anyone.

The Wall Street Journal on Saturday reported that Melissa said in a statement on Saturday that her mother was receiving the best treatment and care possible. She said, "My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world."

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