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Joan Rivers dies at 81

Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers
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Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81. Her daughter Melissa confirmed the comedian’s death on Thursday. According to the New York Times, Rivers died at Mount Sinai Hospital. She was taken there a week ago after losing consciousness while undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords. The mishap happened at a doctor’s office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Following the incident, doctors at the hospital put Rivers in a medically induced coma.

It was reported earlier in the week, on Tuesday, that she was on life support, according to her daughter Melissa. The next day it was reported that Rivers was moved to a private room from the intensive care unit she had been placed in previously. The State Health Department is currently investigating the circumstances that led to the death of Ms. Rivers, a state official asserted on Thursday.

Joan Rivers has been a mainstay in American comedy for the past five decades, according to Yahoo! News. She became incredibly famous when she appeared – and eventually guest hosted – on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” back in the 1960s. She continued through the years as a stand-up comic. Her bit was to be gossipy and humorously insulting to anyone of relevance on the world stage. She would insult anyone for a good laugh and most of those persons took it in good faith. After all, if they were in Rivers’ act, they were still relevant on the world stage.

Joan Rivers was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky, previously Rosenberg, on June 8, 1933. She was described as an American actress, comedian, writer, producer and television host. In current times, she was known for co-hosting the E! celebrity fashion show “Fashion Police” and for starring in the reality series “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” She is survived by her daughter Melissa and a grandson, Connor.