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Comedian Joan Rivers has died at 81

Joan Rivers, the comedian wo put ‘Can we talk’ into our vernacular, has died at the age of 81. The blond actress and talk show host was surrounded by family and close friends when she passed away today at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York according to her daughter, Melissa Rivers. Her death comes after she was hospitalized last week following a cardiac arrest during a routine procedure, according to WSIL TV on Sept. 4.

Comedian Joan Rivers has died at 81
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"My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh," Melissa Rivers said. "Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that re return to laughing soon."

Rivers was a staple at Hollywood red carpet events where she, sometimes along with her daughter, gave birth to the critical manner in which high fashion is critiqued these functions. Her sharp wit spared no one and it made her a household name.

Known for using her own life as fodder for her standup routines, Rivers made fun of everything from her own looks to her own mortality. In a career field once dominated by men, Rivers broke the mold and helped usher in a new wave of female comedians according to E! Online.

A force to be contended with, Rivers kept working into her 80s. In recent years, she was a staple on QVC and until the very end, she considered comedy not only her calling but her therapy.

She leaves behind her daughter and one grandson, Edgar. Our condolences go to the friends, family and loved ones of Joan Rivers. She will be missed.