Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81. The groundbreaking comedian stopped breathing during a medical procedure to repair her vocal cords last Thrusday, and was put under a medical induced coma until last Tuesday, where doctors put her on life support.
Rivers was known for her razor sharp wit, and would direct her jokes at America’s obbession with chemical altering beauty. The comedian had been building storied career that spans almost 50 years.
Hit the jump to read a statement from her daughter Melissa Rivers, and to check out some videos as well.
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 that her final wish woudl be that we return to laughing soon.