Joan Rivers Update: ‘We Are Keeping Our Fingers Crossed,’ Daughter Melissa Says

Rivers remains hospitalized after she stopped breathing during throat surgery

Last Updated: August 31, 2014 @ 2:08 PM

Despite reports that Joan Rivers is on life support, her daughter Melissa says the family remains hopeful.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement issued to E! on Sunday. “Thank you for your continued love and support.”

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The comedienne and host of E!’s “Fashion Police” was rushed to Mt. Sinai Hospital on Thursday in New York, after she stopped breathing during throat surgery at her doctor’s office. The 81-year old comic was later placed in a medically-induced coma.

Rivers’ “Fashion Police” co-host Kelly Osbourne expressed her love for the ailing star by tweeting, “4 the first time in years I got down on my knees & prayed tonight! I encourage U 2 do the same 4 @Joan_Rivers my grandma! #inconsolable.”

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“Praying for Joan Rivers and Mel Rivers,” fellow E! personality Giuliana Rancic tweeted, adding, “Even though Joan’s the strongest woman I know, every single prayer counts. I love you, Joan.”

Rivers, an unapologetic Brooklyn-born comic known for cracking bawdy jokes about celebrities and her own appearance, recently made headlines for blasting supporters of Palestinians involved in the Israel-Palestine conflict in Gaza.

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Before that, she walked out on a CNN interview after the anchor asked about a fur coat she was wearing on the cover of her new book, “Diary of a Mad Diva,” her 10th book.

Despite some of her recent controversial statements, Rivers is loved by many fans who have been sending her well-wishes via social media.

The comedy legend rose to fame in 1965 as one of Johnny Carson’s frequent guests on “The Tonight Show.”