We lost Joan Rivers on Thursday (September 4), and the world became a little less funny.
The legendary comic and host of E!'s "Fashion Police" died after being taken off life support following complications while undergoing a recent throat operation in New York City. She was 81 years old.
“She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends,” her daughter, Melissa, said in a statement. “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.”
Joan was not only a comedic genius but a pioneer as well, becoming the first female to host a late-night talk show in 1986. Since then, she had pretty much conquered everything that show business has to offer. She had her own daytime talk show, a reality TV series, she was an author and continued to do stand-up.
Friends, family, comedians and colleagues all took to social media to pay their respects and memories for Joan as the news of her passing spread. Her network family at E! released a statement declining to address the fate of her hit style series, saying, “Right now we are mourning our beloved Joan. We will respond at a later date with programming updates.”
Rest in peace @Joan_Rivers. Thank you for changing my life. I will miss you so much.— George Kotsiopoulos (@GeorgeKotsi) September 4, 2014
"rip Joan Rivers :'( the MOST fabulous and hilarious. Frankie and I saw her live and met her multiple times together, we loved her so so much. Heartbreaking. Rest in peace Joan, u will be so missed!!"
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