The comedian is reportedly on life support. She was placed in a medically-induced coma at Mount Sinai Hospital after going into cardiac arrest during a endoscopy at a clinic. She is said to have stopped breathing during the routine procedure.
Her daughter Melissa Rivers released a statement on Friday stressing that her mother’s condition remained serious.
“My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world,” the statement read. “Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery.”
The Rivers family is hopeful that the 81-year-old will take a turn for the better, even if they decide to turn off life support.
Celebrities including her “Fashion Police” co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne, talkshow hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Kelly Ripa, and actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Charlie Sheen have taken to Twitter to wish the legendary comic a speedy recovery.
Praying for @Joan_Rivers and @MelRivers. Even though Joan’s the strongest woman I know, every single prayer counts. I love you, Joan—
Giuliana Rancic (@GiulianaRancic) August 30, 2014
To my dear friend @Joan_Rivers – I have known you forever. I wish you nothing but the best in this struggling time. Go get ‘em girl.
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
— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) August 30, 2014
— Larry King (@kingsthings) August 28, 2014
I’m thinking about you, @Joan_Rivers, and sending lots of love your way.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 28, 2014
Dear @Joan_Rivers, Got your flowers. I DO owe you another dinner. Get well my friend. pic.twitter.com/PaEEFRN1sj
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 28, 2014
@joan_rivers Please come back to us young lady. Your inimitable genius and compassion keeps a world you set … http://t.co/EoUzIXwtlM
— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) August 29, 2014
Praying for the great @Joan_Rivers one of the true loves of my life.