- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 31, 2014

Actress and comedian Joan Rivers is on life support after she went into cardiac and respiratory arrest on Thursday during throat surgery.

TMZ reports that the 81-year-old “Fashion Police” host was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital after she stopped breathing during an otherwise routine procedure on her vocal chords.

She was placed in a medically induced coma and is now completely reliant on machines to stay alive. Her family will have to decide in the next couple of days whether to keep her on life support, TMZ reported.

Sources told the New York Daily News that Ms. Rivers‘ daughter, Melissa, is “in denial” over her mother’s condition.

“She still thinks everything is going to be OK. She is refusing to admit that a world might exist without her mother in it,” a source said. “Others that are close to Joan are starting to realize that the outcome they want is very unlikely.”