Joan Rivers Dies? ‘RIP’ Death / Dead Rumor Spreads; but Comic Still on Life Support

UPDATE as of Thursday: Joan Rivers died on Thursday, her family said.

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Joan Rivers hasn’t died but there’s rumors spreading across Twitter and social media saying she has. The comedian and host is in life support after being rushed to the hospital last week.

Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, said that she’s on life support. No decisions will be made about the 81-year-old comic, reported the New York Daily News.

Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital in New York City after she suffered cardiac arrest and stopped breathing during vocal cord surgery last week.

She was placed in a medically induced coma as a result. TMZ reported that she is dependent on machines to keep her alive.

A source close to the situation said that Melissa is “in denial” about her mother’s grave condition, the Daily News reported.

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

According to TMZ, there’s been no talks to take Rivers off life support, and no decision will be made in the coming days.

Melissa Rivers and the hospital did not comment to the Daily News on Sunday about what will happen next.

Other sources told the paper that Rivers previously said she wouldn’t want to live unless she could “a full and active life….(She) would never want to be a burden on anyone.”

“As independent as she likes to think she is, Joan is the center of Melissa’s life,” a source said of the situation. “They even live in the same building in (New York) and work together on ‘Fashion Police’ … It’s all heartbreaking.”

E! News reported that Rivers is currently in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

“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,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement on Friday. “We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery.”

Over the past week, the “RIP Joan Rivers” term has trended on Twitter, with some saying that she died. However, she is still on life support and is still alive.