Joan Rivers, Dead at 81

[media-credit name=”Flickr” align=”aligncenter” width=”300″]4430265661_76d3d75466_o[/media-credit]Comedian Joan Rivers has passed.  The news was announced by her daughter Melissa.

She was 81.

Melissa Rivers’ statement:

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 by 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 Times has published their obituary for the legendary comedian.  You can read it here.

Rivers was, at times, crass, brilliant, and ahead of her time – as shown in this 1967 clip of her on The Ed Sullivan show where she discussed the differences between being a single man and a single woman:

RIP Joan