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Joan Rivers dead: 'Fashion Police' host passes away

Joan Rivers
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Joan Rivers has been a staple in Hollywood for several decades. Whether you love or hate her, she has made an impact on your life. After going in for what was supposed to be a minor surgery, Rivers ended up in cardiac arrest August 28. According to a September 4 report from The Wrap, Joan Rivers passed away earlier this afternoon surrounded by family and friends. Melissa Rivers released a statement and thanked the public for the outpouring of support during this difficult time.

Social media is bursting with sadness regarding the passing of Joan Rivers. The Twitter feed for hashtag “JoanRivers” is filled with condolences and memories of the late comedian. Rivers was a pioneer for women in comedy, and someone many respected. Recently Rivers was seen hosting “Fashion Police” which ran on the E! Network. Co-host Kelly Osbourne has been asking for prayers since the incident occurred last week.

After a complete week on life support machines, Melissa Rivers had to make a decision no child ever wants to make. Joan Rivers was never going to be the same woman known to the world if she woke up, and even then doctors weren't sure how much damage she had sustained from being in cardiac arrest. Rivers made the decision to let her mother go peacefully.

This news isn't a complete shock, but many were hoping for a miracle for Joan Rivers. She has touched a lot of lives and many will miss her terribly. There is no information on what the family plans to do in terms of a service or memorial, but if it will be open to the public an announcement will be made. Today the world mourns Joan Rivers but also remembers how she made others laugh.

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