Joan Rivers, the legendary actress, author, television host, fashion critic, and comedian, sadly passed away today at the age of 81.
On August 28th Rivers went in for a minor surgery on her vocal cords and went into cardiac arrest during the procedure. She was rushed to the Mount Sinai Hospital where she was kept on life support after she stopped breathing. Today, the decision was made by doctors and Rivers' family to move Rivers from life support in intensive care and discontinue ventilator treatment.
Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, made the following statement to People Magazine:
"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.”
Joan Rivers was an absolute powerhouse. Smart, witty, and funny as hell, she has been a massive success in the comedy world since the 1960’s. She never held back and held nothing sacred when it came to comedy. In a profession dominated by men, Rivers stood out as one of a kind.
Starting in1965 she was a constant presence on the Late Night circuit. In 1983, Rivers became the permanent guest host for whenever Carson was unable to be on NBC’s Tonight Show.
In recent years, Rivers’ career skyrocket once again when she and her daughter became the stars of E!’s Fashion Police.
While this is a time to grieve for the loss of the inimitable Joan Rivers, Melissa has reassured us that her mother would have wanted to leave us with one thing.
"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."
And laugh, we did.