BREAKING: Joan Rivers Now on Life Support, Situation Worse

Joan Rivers may be taking a turn for the worse. Earlier this week the 81-year-old comedian was rushed to the hospital after she stopped breathing during a throat procedure on her vocal chords. She had stabilized and her family stated that she was doing better.

Now TMZ has reported that she’s been put on life support, “and sources close to the legendary comedian tell TMZ she is completely reliant on machines to stay alive.” Indeed, the situation is so grim that life or death decisions need to be made.

According to our sources, the family will have to decide in the next couple of days whether to keep the 81-year-old on life support. We’re told 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.

The New York Daily News is reporting via sources close to the family that Rivers would not want to stay hooked up to machines in order to stay alive. They state she would not want live unless she could enjoy “a full and active life … (she) would never want to be a burden on anyone.”

Yesterday, Rivers’ daughter Melissa Rivers released the following statement to E:

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. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery.

We’ll post more as the story develops.