Daughter of ill Joan Rivers thanks well-wishers like Mike Tyson

The daughter of comedian Joan Rivers, hospitalised in serious condition after suffering cardiac arrest, said family members are "keeping our fingers crossed".

Rivers, 81, was rushed to hospital on Thursday, after she stopped breathing during throat surgery at a Manhattan clinic.

Daughter Melissa Rivers, in a statement released by Mt Sinai Hospital, said: "Thank you for your continued love and support."

She added: "We are keeping our fingers crossed."

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There was no update on the senior Rivers' condition.

Stars like fellow comedian Seth Rogen and former boxer Mike Tyson have also taken to Twitter to wish the comedian a speedy recovery.

Rivers is considered a pioneer for women in stand-up comedy.

The Brooklyn native, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College, played the comedy club scene in New York in the 1960s.

Perhaps best known for her penchant for plastic surgery, she also has a reputation for being a dedicated worker.

She starred alongside her daughter in the WE TV reality show "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?"

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Sources: Reuters, Hollywood Life, Twitter