A comedic genius was lost on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, as Joan Rivers passed away at the age of 81. Many mourned at her loss due to surgery complications that led her to stop breathing and eventually have to be taken off the machines. As the world remembered Rivers, eerie words from her final stand-up routine the night before she was hospitalized were revealed by Today.com.
Over the year, Rivers has been rather concerned with what she wears and how she appears in public, but she just loved life. She was always outspoken and never paused at stating whatever she was thinking.
The night before she was hospitalized, Rivers was at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City and did an hour of stand-up. That was when she uttered this eerie foreshadowing:
"I'm 81 — I could go at any moment. I could fall over right here and you all could say, 'I was there!'"
Those lucky enough to be in attendance at the Laurie Beechman Theatre that evening did get to see the last performance of the comedy legend.
On Thursday, CBS New York gave snippets of Joan's daughter Melissa Rivers who offered up a statement after her mother's death.
“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.
That's something that is incredibly true, and all you had to do was hear Joan Rivers speak once to know that she wanted the world to laugh. She wouldn't want to continue if she couldn't bring the world enjoyment and that's exactly what she told The Times of London about four years ago.
"(I) would not want to live if I could not perform. It's in my will. I am not to be revived unless I can do an hour of stand-up. I don't fear it."