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Joan Rivers leaves behind lasting legacy

According to a Sept. 4 report from the New York Times, critically-acclaimed comedian, Joan Rivers, died on Sept. 4 in Manhattan, New York, at the tender age of 81. Rivers, who spent the past 50 years delighting audiences with her unique brand of standup comedy, passed away at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Joan Rivers performed at The Paramount in New York last month
Photo by Eric Holden

Rivers' official cause of death has not yet been determined. However, she was initially hospitalized after losing consciousness while going under the knife for a procedure on her vocal cords last week in New York City. During the procedure, she stopped breathing and was placed in a medically induced coma.

Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, provided fans with an update last Thursday. She told fans that Rivers was resting comfortably and that she was on life support. Unfortunately, Rivers died on Sept. 4. The State Health Department is looking into the circumstances that resulted in her death.

Rivers, one of the first successful female standup comics, leaves behind a legacy that will not soon be forgotten or lost. Just last month, she performed on back-to-back nights at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. She showed off impressive endurance during two high-energy sets, and she had the crowd in stitches on both nights.

Rivers performed for over 90 minutes each night at the Paramount, cracking jokes about Adele, Barbara Walters and even her very own backing band. What made her unique was that she always said what was on her mind, regardless of what anyone thought of her. Rivers was a talent that does not come around every generation. She'll be missed by millions across the globe.