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Joan Rivers on life support: Melissa Rivers thanks fans for prayers

Joan Rivers is on life support, according to a statement released by her daughter, Melissa Rivers. She supplied the update on her mother's condition on Sept. 2, 2014, reported MSN. The comedienne's daughter has been relatively quiet about her mother's condition since the 81-year-old comic went into cardiac and respiratory arrest during a procedure last Thursday. Following her medical emergency, she was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she remains.

Melissa Rivers shared an update with fans on her mother's medical condition. The comedienne is still on life support.
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An anonymous source quoted by E! Online and other websites claimed that the comedienne's condition was better than previously reported. "It's a slow process, but she's on the road to recovery. She's getting better. Don't believe all this ridiculous speculation." The source claimed to be "close to the situation" and spoke exclusively with E! Multiple news outlets picked up the story from there, giving Joan Rivers's fans hope.

Despite the unsubstantiated claims of the unnamed source who said Joan Rivers's condition was being blown out of proportion in the media, Melissa Rivers has confirmed that her famous mother remains on life support. However, she did not comment on stories that her mother was removed from a medically induced coma earlier this week.

"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. 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."

The update on Joan Rivers's condition comes after a three-day holiday weekend that was filled with speculation about her medical status. Multiple stories on the Internet were filled with opposing information. Depending upon which reports fans read, Rivers was either on the road to recovery or destined to live out the rest of her life in a vegetative state. Melissa Rivers's update did not clarify either of those rumors, and her mother's representatives have declined to comment on the situation.