Celebrity Joan Rivers's Condition 'Remains Serious,' Says Daughter Melissa The comedian was hospitalized Thursday after she stopped breathing during surgery on her throat By Alexis L. Loinaz Published on August 29, 2014 04:15 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic Joan Rivers remains in serious condition after she was rushed to a New York hospital Thursday following complications from surgery. On Friday, daughter Melissa Rivers issued an update on her mother’s health, saying in a statement: “My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world. 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.” The comedian, 81, was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital after she stopped breathing during throat surgery. She was reportedly undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords. Her condition was later upgraded from critical to stable, and she has since reportedly been placed in a medically induced coma. On Thursday evening, Melissa arrived at the hospital, where she thanked well-wishers for their continued concern. “I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother,” Melissa said in a statement. “She is resting comfortably and is with our family.” • With reporting by JANINE RAYFORD RUBENSTEIN Want more stories like this? Sign up for our newsletter and other special offers: sign me up Thank you for signing up!