Joan Rivers Dies Aged 81: Internet Mourns Passing Of A Pioneering Entertainer And Comedic Legend

Comedian and TV host Joan Rivers has died, her daughter has said. Melissa Rivers released a statement this afternoon announcing the passing of her mother, Joan Rivers. she was 81. Rivers was said to have died peacefully in a Manhattan hospital surrounded by her family. Rivers, 81, had been on life support in Mount Sinai Hospital since having a cardiac arrest in New York last week.

'It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,’ Melissa Rivers said in a statement released to the press Thursday.

‘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 actress and stand-up comedian is well known for her legendary put-downs and has more recently turned her razor-sharp tongue on the red carpet's worst dressed celebrities, hosting the E! network's Fashion Police.

Both Rivers and her daughter have appeared together in reality TV show Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?

Last year Joan Rivers appeared at her acerbic best on The Graham Norton Show (in the video above), along with Jake Gyllenhaal and petrol-head Top Gear presenters, Jeremy Clarkson and James May.

Celebrities from the likes of Donald Trump to Sharon Osbourne took to Twitter to share their condolences and their memories of the comedian, who first rose to fame all the way back in the 1960s and has been making people all over the world laugh for more than five decades.

Joan Rivers, June 8, 1933 - September 4, 2014 - She will be missed.

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