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Joan Rivers on life support

Joan Rivers was put on life support after stopping breathing during surgery last week.

By Danielle Haynes
Joan Rivers on life support
Joan Rivers arrives for the Friars Club Honors Larry King at a Testimonial Dinner Gala at the Sheraton Hotel in New York on November 14, 2011. UPI /Laura Cavanaugh | License Photo

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Joan Rivers was put on life support at Mount Sinai hospital in New York after she stopped breathing last week during throat surgery.

The comedian is completely dependent on the machines to keep her alive, sources told TMZ.

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Rivers was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning after she went into cardiac arrest and stopped breathing during a scheduled throat surgery.

The 81-year-old was put into a medically induced coma, though sources said her condition has worsened.

Sources told TMZ the family will decide within the next couple of days whether to turn off the machines, though her family believes she will make it through the medical scare.

Sources told the New York Daily News Rivers' daughter, Melissa Rivers, is "in denial" about her mother's health.

"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 said.

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