Joan Rivers suffers cardiac arrest

Joan Rivers suffers cardiac arrest

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© Joan Rivers is shown during a June 30, 2014 visit to Fox 5's Good Day New York. © Joan Rivers is shown during a June 30, 2014 visit to Fox 5's Good Day New York.
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Hollywood icon Joan Rivers, 81, is reportedly on a slow road to recovery after she went into cardiac arrest at a New York City doctor's office last week.

While some reports indicate she is doing better, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, issued a statement on Tuesday saying Joan Rivers is on life support "at this time."

Rivers is being treated at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.

Doctors were expected to slowly remove Rivers from a medically-induced coma on Tuesday to asses her brain functionality.

Rivers' daughter says loved ones are hopeful about the comedian's condition as she remains hospitalized three days after going into cardiac arrest at an Upper East Side clinic.

"She's getting better. Don't believe all this ridiculous speculation," reported the NY Daily News citing a source.

"All these reports of doomsday are not true," reported the NY Post.

Melissa Rivers said in a statement Sunday that "we are keeping our fingers crossed." She's thanking people for expressing their support.

Among the well-wishers are fellow celebrities. They include two of Joan Rivers' co-stars on TV's "Fashion Police," Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne.

She was taken to Mount Sinai on Thursday. She'd spoken the day before at an employee event at Time Inc. in New York. Spectators there said she had appeared to be well.

"My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world. Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible," Melissa Rivers said in a statement released by the hospital. "We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery."

The comedian and TV host was undergoing an outpatient procedure at a clinic on the Upper East Side on Thursday when she went into cardiac arrest. Rivers stopped breathing during the throat procedure, TMZ reported.

A report claimed an emergency call was placed to 911 at 9:39 a.m. Thursday and the caller said, "We have somebody in either cardiac or respiratory arrest."

Sources told Fox 5 News that Rivers was rushed from Yorkville Endoscopy on E. 93rd St. to Mount Sinai.

Rivers is a frequent guest on Good Day New York. Her scheduled performance at a theater in New Jersey on Friday night was canceled.

The Mount Sinai Hospital said Sunday that it had no updates to release on the 81-year-old Rivers' health.

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