According to the Daily News, comedienne Joan Rivers, 81, is still on life support Tuesday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York after being rushed to the hospital last Thursday when she stopped breathing throwing her into cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine procedure on her vocal cords at her doctor’s office on New York City’s Upper East Side.
Doctors at the hospital said they placed Rivers into a medically-induced coma to stabilize her vital signs after saying her heart and lungs failed. Since then Rivers has been breathing with the help of a life-support machine.
Known for her razor sharp wit and gutsy remarks, Rivers was the picture of health when she taped a special 90 minute edition of her show Fashion Police on Tuesday last week. The show was aired on E! that same night with no hint that she needed any kind of surgery. On Wednesday evening, she performed her stand-up routine the night before the surgery. Rivers also took part in the ALS ice Bucket Challenge three times recently after Sarah Jessica Parker, Tara Reid and Anne Hathaway nominated her.
With not even a hint of having any kind of health problems, Rivers family is needless to say in shock and also said to be angry. According to a source who spoke to the Daily News, the family is now looking for someone to blame. The family said they all agree saying that “An 81-year-old should not have had that procedure as an outpatient” and are now considering a lawsuit. The same source told the Daily News that Melissa who appears regularly with her mother on “Fashion Police” and “Joan & Melissa” is of course extremely upset.
Having not had enough oxygen for a long period of time, the Daily News reported that doctors fear she could be left “as a vegetable” or “needing a wheelchair.” Another source told the Daily News that Rivers “would not want to live unless she could enjoy “a full and active life. … she would never want to be a burden on anyone.”
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reported that Melissa has released a statement saying “We are keeping our fingers crossed” as Rivers is now being taken out of the medically-induced coma that doctors say will enable her to regain consciousness sometime on Tuesday.
Rivers who was born on June 8, 1933, in Brooklyn New York, became a household name after her big break when appearing on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1965.
In one of the most famous celebrity feuds in Hollywood history, it was in 1983 when Rivers began headlining in Las Vegas and became Carson’s permanent guest host. However when FOX offered Rivers her own late-night talk show in direct competition to Carson’s show and she accepted, Rivers said Carson became so angry he refused to ever speak to her again because she failed to consult with him first.
Then in 1987 Rivers show was cancelled and the entertainment industry turned its back on her. That same year the comedienne also lost her husband of 22 years, Edgar Rosenberg when he committed suicide.
Still determined, Rivers moved back to New York to rebuild her life and career. She won an Emmy Award for her own syndicated daytime talk show and was awarded her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990 and was nominated for a Tony Award for best actress for her role in “Sally Marr . . and Her Escorts” on Broadway.
Rivers most recent work has been as an entertainment commentator on “Live From the Red Carpet” from 1996 to 2004 and TV entertainer with her daughter Melissa on “Fashion Police.”