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Iconic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers declared dead at 81

Joan Rivers attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters Cocktail Reception Red Carpet at the Four Seasons Restaurant on May 14, 2014 in New York City.
Joan Rivers attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters Cocktail Reception Red Carpet at the Four Seasons Restaurant on May 14, 2014 in New York City.
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Joan Rivers was declared dead on Thursday after her daughter Melissa made the heart wrenching decision to remove life support. This sad news comes just days after the comedian was rushed to Mt. Sinai Hospital on August 28. Rivers suffered cardiac arrest during a routine procedure at an outpatient facility in Manhattan. According to the New York Daily News on Thursday, Joan Rivers died peacefully at Mt. Sinai Hospital at the age of 81.

Rivers remained hospitalized and in a medically induced coma for eight days following complications during a procedure to remove a "spot" from her vocal chords. The comedian was seen performing live and looking fantastic just one night before her surgery.

Joan was moved out of intensive care and into a private room on Wednesday. Her daughter Melissa reportedly made the decision to remove life support according to a recently released statement. Concerns about Joan Rivers' condition following her hospitalization had many concerned that the television icon had suffered irreparable brain damage due to lack of oxygen after suffering from cardiac arrest.

The Yorkville Endoscopy Center is reportedly under investigation after the incident. Many question their judgment in performing such a procedure on a patient who is 81-years old. Inspectors from the New York State Health Department have been seen in the clinic and a full investigation is expected.

Previously it was reported that Rivers would be taking a hiatus from "Fashion Police" and her reality show with daughter Melissa, "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" Joan Rivers was best known as a fashion critic and red carpet interviewer with sharp tongue and a quick wit.