Joan Rivers' condition "remains serious," daughter Melissa says

May 27, 2014 photo of Joan Rivers attending Michigan Avenue Magazine Celebrates Its Women Of Influence, May/June Issue With Joan Rivers at Neiman Marcus Chicago. Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Michigan Avenue Magazine

Last Updated Aug 31, 2014 1:45 PM EDT

UPDATE: Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81.

Joan Rivers remained in a New York City hospital on Sunday, after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office on Thursday.

As of late Saturday, Rivers' condition remained serious, reports The Daily News.

Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, is "in denial" over her mother's condition, The Daily News reports.

Melissa Rivers released a statement Sunday that said simply: ""Thank you for your continued love and support. We are keeping our fingers crossed."

On Friday, Rivers' daughter said: "My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world," she 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."

On Thursday, she said her mother was "resting comfortably" and was with family. She also expressed thanks for the "overwhelming love and support" Rivers has received and asked for continued thoughts and prayers.

The legendary comedienne is in a medically induced coma at a hospital in New York, reports "Entertainment Tonight" co-host Nancy O'Dell, after she stopped breathing while having a throat procedure at a clinic on New York's Upper East Side.

The Mount Sinai Hospital said it had no updates Friday. On Thursday, hospital spokesman Sid Dinsay confirmed that Rivers had been taken there in the morning.

New York City police officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly name Rivers, said she was taken to the hospital just after 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

The comedian with a half-century of show business under her belt has spawned a reputation for often-snarky red carpet fashion commentary. A show she had scheduled Friday at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, has been postponed.

Rivers spoke at an employee event at Time Inc. in New York on Wednesday night and appeared healthy, practically jogging when she walked in to take her seat, Shira Blum, an online project manager, said Thursday.

"She seemed totally healthy," Blum said. "She was very energetic, hilarious, funny. And it was such a shock, a surprise to hear the news this morning."

Rivers took questions and said she wakes up every morning and "is thankful that everything works," Blum said.

In a 2002 piece for "CBS Sunday Morning," Rivers joked that she doesn't feel old, even though she is "probably the only woman in New York who has an autographed copy of the Ten Commandments signed by the author."

"As far as filling my days, you are looking at Miss Popular; I'm not bragging, but do you know I'm invited to at least three, maybe four funerals a day?" Rivers said. "And do you know what is the best, best, best, best,best thing about aging? When you're old, everybody thinks you're wise, which is just dandy -- even though the truth is, you're not wise, it's just that people that know how stupid you are, are dead!"

An early and outspoken proponent of cosmetic surgery, Rivers' drastically altered her appearance over the years -- and found plenty of material for jokes. ("I've had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware.")

The host of "Fashion Police" on E!, Rivers also presides over an online talk show, "In Bed With Joan" and co-stars with her daughter on the WEtv reality show, "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?"

Her latest book, "Diary of a Mad Diva," was released this summer.

In 2009, Rivers emerged as the winner of NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice." A documentary, "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," premiered in theaters in 2010.

The New York native originally entered show business with the dream of a theatrical career, but comedy became a way to pay the bills while she auditioned for acting roles.

"Somebody said, 'You can make six dollars standing up in a club,'" she told The Associated Press in 2013, "and I said, 'Here I go!' It was better than typing all day."

After proving herself in comedy clubs as a rarity -- a woman comedian -- Rivers was a smash on her first booking on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1965. "God, you're funny," Carson told her.

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