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Joan Rivers update: snarky comic on life support in NY hospital (Video)

According to online sources there’s no change today, August 31, in iconic comedian Joan River’s condition. Rivers, surrounded by family and friends in her Mount Sinai (Manhattan) hospital room, was placed on a medically induced coma last Thursday after experiencing cardiac and respiratory arrest.

Rivers officiated a gay wedding in New York
Rivers officiated a gay wedding in New YorkPhoto by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

According to today’s online edition of the Daily News Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, is “in denial” over her mother’s condition. The News stated that, “She still thinks everything is going to be OK. She is refusing to admit that a world might exist without her mother in it,” said a source close to the Rivers family.“Others that are close to Joan are starting to realize that the outcome they want is very unlikely.”

Faithful, always on the job, TMZ.com reported that there has been no decision whether the queen of acerbic banter will be kept on life support. Sources have told The News that Rivers would not want to live unless she could enjoy “a full and active life....(She) would never want to be a burden on anyone.”

Other on-the-spot news sources report that Rivers’ grandson, Cooper, 13, and her daughter’s ex-husband, John Endicott, were at the hospital this morning. Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital after she stopped breathing during an otherwise routine doctor’s visit for a throat procedure.

In a report yesterday in this column about River’s condition we explained the meaning of an induced coma is. In case you missed it, here it is again:

According to Scientific American, along with mild hypthermia are used to slow down metabolism and limit neurological function allowing the brain to heal after being starved of oxygen during arrest and reducing the odds of long-term brain damage. “So basically what happens with a medically induced coma is that you take a drug and administer it until you see a certain pattern in the monitor that follows the patient's brain waves, he EEG [electroencephalogram]. Patients with brain injuries who are in a coma have a similar pattern. If that pattern is there, then you feel comfortable that the patient is in a drug-induced coma. You are doing it so that you can hopefully protect the brain.”

The often snarky, edgy commedian has been the brunt of some nasty Internet comments (see video). We wish Ms. River and family the best.