Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Joan Rivers Faces Her Greatest Challenge Ever as She Comes Out of Coma


It’s hard to believe that you could write a sentence like “Joan Rivers is in a coma.” It sounds like a joke waiting for a punch line. I’m sure the minute she can, Joan will write one. Overnight her friends and family are praying like mad as doctors “awaken” Joan from her induced coma. The fear, says a friend, is that she had a stroke or that there’s some brain deficiency. But there IS brain activity– all signs are that Joan should come out of it. She may have a lot of rehab. But Joan Rivers is a fighter. In two years she’ll have a book out about this experience. We can only hope. So stay tuned. When Joan’s beloved husband Edgar committed suicide in 1986, she thought the recovery was a challenge. But this will be her biggest and best fight. Sending the best thoughts and wishes to her family…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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