Update: Joan Rivers in coma following cardiac episode

Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers

WASHINGTON, August 29, 2014 – Comedian Joan Rivers remains in serious condition this evening, though she is “resting comfortably” following cardiac and respiratory arrest during a procedure at a medical clinic Thursday.
“My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world,” Melissa Rivers said. “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.”
Rivers, 81, was taken by ambulance in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City following a a procedure performed in  an endoscopy clinic where doctors perform minor procedures on patients.
During Rivers’ show at New York’s Beechman Theater Wednesday night, Michael Lucas said Rivers joked about death.
“She said, ‘You know I’m 81 years old, and I could drop dead at any moment and you would be so lucky because you will have a story to tell your friends for the rest of your life,'” Lucas said. “Then she mimicked people talking about what it was like to see her drop dead on stage.”
Rivers was in fine form, he said. “There was no sign (Wednesday) night that she was declining. Her show was over an hour long and she never stumbled or even paused to catch her breath.”
In 2013, Rivers allowed cameras to record a health scare for her and her daughter’s reality show, “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?”
Rivers said on the show that doctors found a spot on an X-ray after she had a persistent cough.
“We’re just not going to be sad about this,” Rivers said during the episode. “We’re gonna do jokes and be up until we know. That’s how I deal with things. I’m not just gonna sit around the next couple of days and go crazy.”

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  • Stewart Summers

    Praying for a miracle for Joan…one of the greatest stand-ups ever…brilliant!

  • lina Nicolia

    She is not entertaining the ICU. A person in a coma is not entertaining. They take space. Joan is not currently occupying her body. She is somewhere else. Whether she comes back or not, we will soon find out.

    • At the time this was written she was “comfortable” in the ICU surrounded by family and friends. I am a huge fan, saw her the first time in 1977 or so.. and she killed. Hoping for her recovery.

  • Debbie Swenerton

    I was lucky to see Ms. Rivers a few years ago in Albuquerque NM. She surprised me with her kindness, compassion, honesty but not her self deprecating humor. She spoke with audience members openly about her thoughts of suicide following her husbands own suicide in fact one of the audience members admitted the same thoughts. Joan comes off rude and callous but she is anything but. I too am praying for a miracle. This can’t be what ends the life of a wonderful human being and an American treasure.