Today, what we had hoped would not come to pass, has sadly happened. Joan Rivers has died at age 81.
In a written statement this afternoon from her daughter, Melissa Rivers, the media and fans around the world learned the heartbreaking news, “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. 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.”
Melissa Rivers added that she and her son, Cooper, who is Joan Rivers’ grandson, “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.”
Rivers, who co-hosted the popular E! TV show “Fashion Police,” had been hard at work recently, critiquing the outfits worn by stars at the MTV Video Music Awards and the Primetime Emmys with her usual flair. On August 28th, she was in New York City having throat surgery when she suffered cardiac arrest. She was rushed to the hospital, where she arrived unconscious and doctors kept her sedated. On September 2nd her daughter, Melissa Rivers, revealed that she had been placed on life support.
Joan’s career was remarkable, and she even won her one and only Daytime Emmy in 1990 as host of her own daytime talk show, The Joan Rivers Show. Watch the winning moment when a trio of former All My Children favorites announce Joan as the winner and her acceptance speech after the jump! Then share your thoughts on the passing of the funny lady of them all, the incomparable Joan Rivers.