An­guish over Joan as star lies in coma

Sunday Express - - Jennifer Selway - By Dan Tow­nend

CO­ME­DIAN Joan Rivers’ dis­traught daugh­ter was last night said to be an “emo­tional wreck” af­ter dash­ing to be at the star’s bed­side as she lies in a coma.

Melissa Rivers made the jour­ney from Los An­ge­les to New York as soon as she heard her 81-year-old mother had suf­fered a heart at­tack dur­ing rou­tine throat surgery.

Joan ap­peared to be sta­bil­is­ing yes­ter­day af­ter she stopped breath­ing dur­ing the pro­ce­dure on her vo­cal chords but she re­mained in a med­i­cally-in­duced coma last night.

Melissa, 46, who brought her son Cooper, 13, with her, said in a state­ment: “I want to thank ev­ery­one for the over­whelm­ing love and sup­port for my mother.

“She is rest­ing com­fort­ably and is with our fam­ily. We ask that you con­tinue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”


Joan, known for her raspy voice and no-holds-barred hu­mour, suf­fered heart fail­ure on Wed­nes­day morn­ing af­ter be­ing se­dated for the op­er­a­tion at a clinic in Manhattan.

A New York news­pa­per re­ported that Melissa, who is stay­ing in the apart­ment block where her mother lives, was an “emo­tional wreck”, dev­as­tated by the pos­si­bil­ity of los­ing her mother.

The pair are very close and have a re­al­ity TV show to­gether. Melissa has spo­ken in the past about how she looks up to her.

Joan, whose ca­reer in show busi­ness has lasted six decades, has been work­ing as hard as ever, with a pun­ish­ing sched­ule in­clud­ing 26 ap­pear­ances planned for the next three months.

The night be­fore her op­er­a­tion she per­formed a com­edy show in which she joked: “I’m 81, I could go at any minute.”

Melissa Rivers with her mother Joan. The pair have a TV show

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