Comedian and TV host Joan Rivers is still on life support after having a cardiac arrest in New York last week, her daughter Melissa has said.
Rivers, 81, stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal chords at an outpatient clinic on Thursday.
She has been in a serious condition in Mount Sinai hospital since then.
“On behalf of my mother and our family, we are extremely grateful for all the love and support we’ve received,” said a statement from Melissa.
“At this time, she does remain on life support.”
She added her mother would be overwhelmed by people’s kindness and thanked everyone for their prayers.
Life support usually involves a ventilator to help with breathing and helps keep a patients vital organs such as the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys working.
Rivers’ representatives has dismissed reports that her family has plans to sue the endoscopy clinic where she was treated.
The actress and stand-up comedian is well known for her acerbic wit and has more recently turned it on the red carpet’s worst dressed celebrities, hosting the E! network’s Fashion Police.
Both Rivers and her daughter have appeared together in reality TV show Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?
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Source:: BBC Entertainment