Friends and family of Joan Rivers are still processing the news that the famous comedienne was hospitalized and put on life support after going into cardiac and respiratory arrest on Thursday (Aug 28th), but they haven't lost all hope yet.

Melissa said her family still remains hopeful after mother, Joan, placed in a medically induced coma

The 81 year-old star was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital after she stopped breathing during a minor throat procedure, and shortly after she was placed in a medically induced coma so doctors could conduct a full assessment of the damage, although they reportedly don't know how long she went without being able to breathe.

Even though the current situation looks very bleak, Joan's daughter Melissa Rivers released a statement on Sunday (Aug 31st) saying, "We are keeping our fingers crossed."

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Since news broke of the 'Fashion Police' co-host's health scare, there has been a huge outpouring of support from fans and celebrities alike, and Melissa expressed her appreciation for this in another statement on Friday (Aug 29th).

"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 the day of the incident, Melissa also stated that "she is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers."

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Joan is an iconic comedienne recognised for her controversial and uncensored humour. She has also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host back in 1990, and is the author of twelve best-selling humour and memoir books.