Joan Rivers Dies at 81, Leaving Legacy of Laughter

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Outrageous. Raunchy. Self-depreciating. Groundbreaking. Joan Rivers has been described as a lot of things during her 50-plus-year career, but there is one thing no one will dispute -- she was one of a kind. Today, the world has lost that singular, comedic voice. We sadly report that Rivers has died at the age of 81.

"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers," Melissa Rivers said in a written statement today. "She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. 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," Melissa's statement continued. "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."

It was just one week ago that Joan went into cardiac arrest while undergoing an outpatient procedure on her vocal cords at the Yorkville Endoscopy Center in New York City. She was then admitted to Mt. Sinai hospital after she stopped breathing and was placed in a medically induced coma, according to Variety. She apparently never regained consciousness. While details remain scant about what exactly happened during the procedure, a full investigation is being launched to determine whether that clinic should be fined.

Have you ever watched Joan Rivers perform? Do you have a favorite Joan Rivers joke?

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nonmember avatar ANA

She lived a long life filled with up's and down's. RIP Joan. Heartfelt sentiments to her family who are trying to deal with this loss.

Nelli... NellieAthome

I am sorry the woman died and I extend sympathy to her family but I fail to understand how everyone lauds her comedy. For the most part her "jokes" were vile insults aimed at people she often did not even know, statements that said by anyone else in any other circumstances would be rightly condemned as vile bullying.

nonmember avatar ashlynn

Do all you people saying horrible things about Joan not realize that saying mean horrible things that make other people laugh was her job as a comedians do you think the same things of Kevin Hart or Kathy Griffin or Russell Peters this is their job they don't work for Disney, it's not against the law to make fun of people, it's comedy this is what they get paid to do and Joan was one of the best she opened doors for people like Whoppi Goldberg and Tina Fey when she started women weren't allowed to be funny so take it for what it is COMEDY and if you can't I suggest you never watch any form of comedy because clearly you can't take it ... Yes she was controversial yes she was mean and yes she had an opinion but that's what she got paid to do and at 81 I'm sorry anyone who has lived that long can say whatever they want about the world because they have lived through the worst parts RIP Joan Rivers #RIPJoanRivers

Nelli... NellieAthome

Yes, ashlynn, I think the same thing of any "comedian" who makes cruel jokes about people. And no, a comedians job is NOT to say "mean horrible things to make people laugh." For every Joan Rivers or Kathy Griffin who need to stoop to crude, cruel comments in a vain attempt at humor there are dozens f comedians like David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Fergusen and Drew Carey who make people laugh  without resorting to cruel insults. 

Yes, Joan Rivers opened doors for people, even the worst people have good traits, for instance, Hitler loved dogs. But doing good things does not excuse being cruel and if you knew anything about her you would know that Joan Rivers did not initially succeed or open any doors with the type of so called Humor" she has been spewing the past decade or so. 

Being old id not an excuse for ANYONE to be cruel.

Nelli... NellieAthome

For that matter, Robin Williams made millions of people laugh for decades and never by being cruel.

Ms Rivers did not deserve to die but she does not deserve a pass for being a bully either

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