Joan Rivers has been unconscious since her arrival three days ago at a New York City hospital, but her daughter expressed hope today that the 81-year-old comedian will recover from her illness.
"Thank you for your continued love and support," Melissa Rivers said in a statement today. "We are keeping our fingers crossed."
Her mother arrived at Mount Sinai Hospital Thursday after an emergency call that she was in cardiac arrest at an Upper East Side clinic, Yorkville Endoscopy, sources said.
Doctors are intentionally keeping her sedated and under close supervision until they're more comfortable with her condition, which remains "serious."
Reaction has been widespread, including overwhelming online support from the likes of Donald Trump, Montel Williams and Kelly Ripa.
Here are some of those messages.
Good luck and best wishes to my dear friend, the wonderful and very talented Joan Rivers! Winner of Celebrity Apprentice, amazing woman.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2014
I’m thinking about you, @Joan_Rivers, and sending lots of love your way.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 28, 2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to @Joan_Rivers. Wishing you a speedy recovery!— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) August 28, 2014
Praying for the great @Joan_Rivers one of the true loves of my life. ??— Kelly Ripa (@KellyRipa) August 28, 2014
All good thoughts and prayers to Joan Rivers!!!!!!!!!!!— Andy Cohen (@Andy) August 28, 2014
Lifting up @JoanRivers in love as she battles for life . Praying for Melissa and the family as well,— Kathie Lee Gifford (@KathieLGifford) August 29, 2014
Praying for @Joan_Rivers tonight ,may she get better ASAP. Xo— Patti Stanger (@pattistanger) August 29, 2014