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Comedy legend Joan Rivers is still unconscious in a New York hospital, but she would be gratified by the outpouring of tributes from friends and fans around the world, says daughterMelissa Rivers.

In a statement to E! network, River's longtime employer, Melissa thanked supporters on her mother's behalf:

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.

Rivers, 81, began her second day in Mount Sinai Hospital where she had been rushed after she stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest during a throat procedure at a doctor's clinic early Thursday.

She was said to be in critical but stable condition, and numerous reports from New York media indicated she was in a medically induced coma. Late Thursday, Melissa, accompanied by her son, Cooper, arrived from Los Angeles and issued a statement saying her mother was "resting comfortably."

Mount Sinai had no updates as of Friday morning.

The Associated Press reported Rivers spoke at an employee event at Time Inc. in New York on Wednesday night and appeared fine and feisty as ever.

"She seemed totally healthy," said Shira Blum, an online project manager. "She was very energetic, hilarious, funny."

Rivers took questions and said she wakes up every morning and "is thankful that everything works," Blum said.

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