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Joan Rivers dead: Melissa Rivers issues heartfelt statement about comic legend

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Comedian Joan Rivers is dead at the age of 81. On September 4, 2014, her daughter, Melissa Rivers issued a statement on JoanRivers.com, stating that her mother passed away at 1:17 p.m. at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. She was surrounded by family at the time of her death.

One week after she went into cardiac arrest during minor throat surgery, the legendary comedian died after spending several days on life support. On Wednesday, Melissa Rivers stated that her mother was still on life support but was moved to a private room. It is rumored that the family spent their last moments with Rivers before removing her from life support on Thursday.

"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. 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 of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother .. We 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."

Joan Rivers was most recently known for her hosting the E! TV show "Fashion Police," where she entertained viewers with her hilarious critique of celebrity fashion. She got her start in the world of show business on "Candid Camera" opposite music legend, Barbara Streisand, then went on to become a permanent guest host alongside Johnny Carson on the "Tonight Show" in 1984.

Two years later, she left Carson's show and hosted her own show, "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers." The show ended after one year and cost her a friendship with Carson.

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present." - Joan Rivers

Rest in peace, Joan Rivers. Your caustic humor will be missed.

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