RIP: Joan Rivers Has Passed Away At Age 81

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Legendary female comic Joan Rivers passed away today at the age of 81, her daughter Melissa said in a statement. Rivers’ death comes after she was put in a medically induced coma after she stopped breathing during throat surgery earlier this week. In her statement, Melissa Rivers wrote:

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.

Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated.

My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.

Rivers was a groundbreaking comic and trailblazer for women in comedy. Never afraid to speak her mind, Rivers was an uncompromising force of nature and she will be deeply missed. [Huffington Post]

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