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Goodbye, funny lady: Joan Rivers is dead at 81

After several days on life support, Joan Rivers is dead.
After several days on life support, Joan Rivers is dead.
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Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81 after suffering cardiac arrest on Aug. 28. According to ABC News on Thursday, Rivers died at 1:17 p.m. on Sept. 4 surrounded by family and friends. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, released a written statement with the sad news. On behalf of her son and herself, she also thanked Mt. Sinai Hospital for the care provided for her mother.

There has been some question regarding the efficacy of the outpatient surgery Rivers was given at Yorkville Endoscopy Center in NYC. According to USA Today, there has already been some investigation by the New York State Health Department regarding the outpatient clinic where she experienced the cardiac arrest that led to her death several days later. Prior to the procedure, she appeared to be doing well and had been active.

Joan Rivers will be remembered for her acerbic wit and self-deprecating humor. She was one of the first female comediennes to truly break through the glass ceiling, helped along by her mentor Johnny Carson. Her most recent appearances were usually on the television show, “Fashion Police.” She was also well-known to viewers of QVC home shopping network where she promoted her beloved line of costume jewelry and other products.

The most recent reports regarding Joan Rivers’ condition were not very positive, but still held a glimmer of hope. Earlier in the day, it was announced that she had been moved out of Intensive Care, but it was apparently not a positive move. This move was likely to afford the family a chance to say goodbye.