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Joan Rivers still on life support but in stable condition

Joan Rivers is reportedly still on life support but is in stable condition and improving, according to MTV News on Tuesday. Rivers' daughter Melissa released a statement early Tuesday with an update on her mother's condition. The statement reports that the 81-year-old comedian is getting better and on the road to recovery.

TV personalities Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers attend the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Lucian Grainge at The Beverly Hilton on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Rivers suddenly stopped breathing last Thursday during throat surgery at a Manhattan clinic. What was supposed to be a minor outpatient procedure turned into a life-threatening situation. Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and placed in a medically induced coma after the "Fashion Police" host went into cardiac arrest.

Since Saturday, Rivers has been on life support. TMZ said on Sunday that she was completely reliant on machines to stay alive, and the family would have to decide within a few days whether they wanted to keep the comedy legend on life support. At the time, Rivers' family was optimistic that she would continue to fight if they took her off of life support.

Apparently, as of Tuesday, Rivers remains on life support but is continuing to improve. Said Melissa, "She is calmer than I’ve ever seen her. All these reports about doomsday are not true. She is her mother’s daughter and she’s tough as nails."Rivers' daughter Melissa and Melissa's son Cooper flew across country to stay by her side. From 2011 to 2014, Rivers starred with Melissa in the WE tv reality series "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?"

Rivers has recently been under criticism for making rude and vulgar jokes directed towards public figures and serious topics, including making fun of English singer-songwriter Adele's weight. Rivers never apologized for what some said were "hideous" jokes, saying that her comments were taken out of context. There is some speculation that Melissa is considering a malpractice lawsuit against the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic in Yorkville, Manhattan where Rivers was undergoing the throat surgery.

"On behalf of my mother and our family, we are extremely grateful for all the love and support we've received," said Melissa. She went on to say in the update statement on Tuesday that "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." Doctors have said they will assess the actress for brain damage once she's out of a coma.