Joan Rivers, host of E!’s Fashion Police, is still in serious condition although her daughter Melissa told reporters that she is “resting comfortably.” Rivers, who was checked in to a New York hospital after apparently suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during a medical procedure on Thursday, has been upgraded from critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital. She was taken to the Intensive Care Unit of the facility in New York on Thursday. According to a statement recently released by NBC News, Rivers, who is 81, was reportedly undergoing an operation at an Endoscopy establishment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, when she stopped breathing and was then rushed to Mount Sinai, reportedly in perilous condition.
Law enforcement would not confirm or deny Rivers’ identity, but did tell FOX411 that “An 81-year-old female was indeed checked into Mount Sinai in serious condition, around 9:40 a.m.” They also concluded that the woman’s name, who they would not reveal, was “unconscious and not responding.” Rivers, best known for her decades of fame as a comedian, is also a book author, actress and playwright. The staple on many red carpet interviews at award shows brought her family much worry and concern as they heard the news. In a statement the family made online, they “want to take time to thank everybody for their immediate showing of love and concern during this difficult and surprising time.”
Rivers, whose condition was recently upgraded from critical to serious, is credited with being not only a pioneer in the comedy industry for women, but also the only woman ever be chosen as a permanent guest host on The Tonight Show for nearly three years. She would go on to become the very first female to host her own late night talk show, which aired on Fox. She not only has a passion and love for comedy, but also for those in need, and has contributed in several charities like God’s Love We Deliver, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Guide Dogs for the Blind. An innovative spirit who is always quick to include herself in many of the people she would rib, Rivers always seems to show her heart even in matters of humor.
Upon being asked for any update about Rivers’condition, or what caused it, the New York Fire Department told reporters that the woman “experienced cardiac arrest, and stopped breathing during a throat operation, that’s when a staffer of the clinic called 911.” Hospital staff at Mount Sinai did not release information about Rivers’ condition, as her fans, and more importantly her family, wait for updates. The only thing Mount Sinai Hospital spokesman, Sid Dinsay, did offer to the public regarding the crisiswas that Joan Rivers was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, that she is being cared for, and that they will provide further updates concerning her condition as they become available.
Melissa Rivers, who is Joan’s daughter, took the news very seriously and rushed down to the New York hospital after hearing her mother was in critical condition. Rivers’ rep was not available to comment on her situation or condition either. In 2013 Rivers did a reality show with her daughter Melissa called Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, where the episodes centered on her health scare during that time in her life. Apparently, the doctors on the show found a small spot on after performing an X-ray for River’s persistent cough. “We are not going to be down and mopey about this,” she tells Melissa on the show, “We are gonna continue to tell jokes and be upbeat until this situation fully reveals itself. That is the only way I how I deal with things like this. I refuse to let this make me go crazy.” Rivers was diagnosed in 2002 with osteoporosis, after a fall down a flight of stairs left her with a couple broken bones. Her fans, friends and family are awaiting further updates.
By Theodore Borders