Comic and TV legend, Joan Rivers, has passed away today at the age of 81.
Melissa Rivers, released the following statement early this afternoon. “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother. She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff t 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 employer E! News and NBCUniversal released the following statement :
“E! and NBCUniversal send our deepest condolences to Melissa, Cooper and her entire extended family on this incredibly sad day. For decades Joan has made people laugh, shattered glass ceilings and revolutionized comedy. She was unapologetic and fiercely dedicated to entertaining all of us and has left an indelible mark on the people that worked with her and on her legions of fans. She’s been a much beloved member of the E! family for over 20 years and the world is less funny without her in it. Today our hearts are heavy knowing Joan will not be bounding through the doors.”
On August 28, Joan was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital after cardiac arrest while having throat surgery. She had been on life support since her hospitalization.
Joan started her career in the 1950s, she appeared in a short-run play, Driftwood, playing a lesbian with a crush on a character played by a then-unknown Barbara Streisand. She also went on to become a writer and guest co host for Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and as of late was the host of Fashion Police on E!.
The Vanguard of Fashion would like to extended our heartfelt condolences to Melissa, her son Cooper, family and friends. We pray that God provided you with comfort during this difficult time. Joan you are one of a kind. What you have brought to people’s lives will never be forgotten. You are greatly missed already.