Legendary comedian, producer, writer, author and actress Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81.
In a publicly announced Twitter post, Joan Rivers beloved daughter Melissa Rivers wrote in a statement "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother. Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. 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.”
The Emmy Award winner Joan Rivers was undergoing surgery on her vocal cords in New York City on August 28 when she stopped breathing and had to be transported to one of America's best highly ranked hospitals, Mount Sinai between 5th and Madison Avenue.
It was her daughter, Melissa Rivers who announced on Wednesday that her mother was moved from intensive care and staying in a private room at the Mount Sinai Hospital. Joan Rivers was dependent on machines to stay alive for eight days after going into cardiac and respiratory arrest.
The Brooklyn born, Joan Rivers hosted and won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host for her television show "The Joan Rivers Show." Rivers first came to fame as a special guest on The Tonight Show hosted by Johnny Carson in 1965.
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