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Joan Rivers has died following a botched throat surgery

Joan Rivers promotes 'Diary Of A Mad Diva' at Bookends Bookstore on July 1, 2014 in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
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Joan Rivers died on Thursday.

Following a botched throat surgery late last month, the world has lost one of its most notable comedians.

"Joan's daughter Melissa Rivers took her mom off life support so she could pass comfortably in a private room," TMZ reported on Sept. 4.

Although the throat surgery was thought to be routine, it went horribly wrong on Aug. 28, when Rivers stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest. Immediately after she stopped breathing, Rivers was taken to a New York City hospital and placed into a medical coma.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Rivers would soon be taken out of her coma, at which time doctors were expected to examine her for possible brain damage. Also at that time, it was claimed by a source that the Rivers family was planning to sue the Yorkville Endoscopy center over the botched procedure.

“Shock and upset is turning to anger, and they are looking for someone to blame,” a source told the NY Daily News. “The night before, she was performing and now she is on life support. An 81-year-old should not have that procedure as an outpatient. Very ill-advised.”

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