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Joan Rivers dies at age of 81, daughter Melissa Rivers confirms

Comedian Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81, her daughter confirms
Comedian Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81, her daughter confirms
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Comedian Joan Rivers has died, her daughter Melissa Rivers has confirmed. Though fans had been hoping that the comedian would be able to come out of the dire medical situation that had developed over the past week, it seems it was not meant to be. The Associated Press shared the news regarding Joan Rivers' death on Thursday.

As CBS New York notes, Rivers went into cardiac arrest after a medical procedure last week. She was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital and she was put into a medically induced coma. After a few days, doctors tried to bring her out of the coma and she was moved out of intensive care.

While many hoped that these were signs that the comedian might be able to recover, that is not what transpired. Over the course of the past week, Joan's daughter Melissa had not shared many specifics. However, there had been numerous sites reporting that Joan was likely not going to recover and that Melissa would likely need to decide whether to take her off life support.

Melissa Rivers released a statement that says, “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers.” She says that Joan died peacefully at 1:17 p.m. on Thursday while being surrounded by close friends and family. Melissa thanked everybody for the love, support and prayers directed their way over these challenging days, and she adds that “My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh.”

Joan's daughter finished her statement by noting, “Although [laughing] is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.” Though she was controversial at many times, Rivers was an iconic personality who definitely made an impact. Joan Rivers died at the age of 81 and fans will truly miss her.