Joan Rivers Moved Out of Intensive Care; Family Issues Statement

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03 Sep 2014

Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers

Melissa Rivers, daughter of 81-year-old showbiz veteran Joan Rivers, has confirmed that her mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room at Mt. Sinai Hospital after going into cardiac and respiratory arrest Aug. 28.

"My mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable. Thank you for your continued support," Rivers said in a Sept. 3 statement posted on Joan Rivers' official Facebook page.

Rivers, who was undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords at an Upper East Side clinic Aug. 28, was rushed to Mt. Sinai Hospital in "cardiac and respiratory arrest" shortly after 9:30 AM, according to FDNY. Rivers was soon upgraded from critical to stable condition on Aug. 28.

In a previous statement issued Sept. 2, Melissa Rivers stated that her mother remained on life support, despite reports that she was being brought out of a coma and making slow steps toward recovery.

"On behalf of my mother and our family, we are extremely grateful for all the love and support we've received. At this time, she does remain on life support," she said in a statement. "I know my mother would be overwhelmed by the continued outpouring of kindness, and I want to thank everyone for keeping us in their prayers."

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Rivers made her Broadway stage debut in Fun City and later was a replacement player in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. A stand-up comic making guest-host appearances on "The Tonight Show," Rivers eventually hosted her own talk show, "The Joan Rivers Show." She received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress for her work in Sally Marr...and Her Escorts — which she also co-wrote. Her most recent theatrical outing was in her autobiographical A Work in Progress by a Life in Progress. Rivers frequently performs her stand-up act at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in midtown Manhattan.