Joan Rivers Reportedly on Life Support, Situation May Be 'Dire'

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Joan Rivers continues to fight for her life following respiratory and cardiac arrest during a routine throat procedure on Thursday.

The Today show reported Monday morning that the legendary comedienne's situation could be "dire."

According to TMZ sources, the 81-year-old E! Fashion Police co-host is currently on life support and is "completely reliant on the machines."

While the family is said to be hopeful that Rivers will pull through, they will reportedly need to decide soon whether to keep Rivers on life support. TMZ also reports that the family is optimistic that she will improve if and when they decide to remove the the comedienne from the machines.

Rivers' daughter, Melissa Rivers, thanked people who have expressed love and support for her mother and family in a statement released Sunday.

"Thank you for your continued love and support," said the younger Rivers in the statement. "We are keeping our fingers crossed."

On Friday, Rivers daughter described her mother's condition as serious and said Rivers was "resting comfortably."

"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," she said in a statement.

Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital on Thursday after she stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest at a New York City clinic where she was having routine throat surgery.

The Today show reported Monday that it is unknown how long the In Bed With Joan talk show host may have been without oxygen during the medical emergency. She was reportedly placed in a medically induced coma, which safely shuts downs many of the body's functions to allow the brain to heal following a trauma.

Meanwhile Hollywood continues to tweet their support and love for the ground-breaking comedienne, including her E!'s Fashion Police.

Rivers has always been very open about her health. In 2013, she allowed cameras to follow her during a health scare for the reality show she shares with her daughter, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?

Doctors apparently discovered a spot on an X-ray after she complained of a persistent cough.

"We're just not going to be sad about this," Rivers said in typical fashion 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."

Pam Wright