Report: Joan Rivers on life support

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Comedienne and talk show host Joan Rivers reportedly is on life support.

The family will have to decide whether to keep Rivers, 81, on life support in the coming days, the website TMZ reported over the weekend.

Rivers was undergoing throat surgery at a clinic when she stopped breathing Thursday. She was rushed to Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital.

“The family remains hopeful that if they do decide to turn off the machines, she will make a turn for the better and fight through it,” according to TMZ.

The New York Daily News reported Sunday that Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, is “in denial” over her mother’s condition.

Rivers, a standup comic and a reality star with a career launched in the 1950s, in recent weeks drew attention for her vigorous defenses of Israel during its war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.