joan rivers

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.

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