Joan Rivers Dead At Age 81 Following Week-Long Hospitalization

Stephanie Marcus

Joan Rivers died Thursday at the age of 81, her daughter Melissa Rivers confirmed.

The controversial comedian and “Fashion Police” co-host was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital in New York on Aug. 28 after she stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal cords at a clinic, TMZ was first to report.
Rivers remained in the hospital and was kept on life support as her condition fluctuated, moving in and out of intensive care throughout the week.

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Melissa Rivers released a statement on Thursday through KATZ Public Relations, The Wrap reported:
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 her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.
The New York City Medical Examiner told CNN, “We will be investigating the death of Joan Rivers.”

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