Joan Rivers Passes Away at 81

September 5, 2014

On Thursday, September 4th, Joan Rivers was taken off life-support and passed away at the age of 81. The comedy queen was surrounded in a room by her family and friends.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. ET surrounded by family and close friends.

My son [Cooper] and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother,” Melissa Rivers, 46, said in a statement.

Rivers was rushed to the Mount Sinai Hospital after a “minor operation” on her throat at the out-patient clinic Yorkville Endoscopy went wrong. During the surgery, Rivers suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest and had to be placed in a medically induced coma to stabilize her.

In a statement made Wednesday by Melissa, Joan’s daughter, she informed the public that though her mother had been stabilized, she still required the use of life-support to remain alive. Later that evening, Melissa made the decision to take her mother off life support. She died the next day at 1:17 pm.

Joan Rivers had an illustrious 50-year-long career that saw her start on The Tonight Show and end up with her most recent show Fashion Police on E! Throughout her career, Joan was never afraid to say what was on her mind, and she earned a reputation as a force of will in Hollywood.

The E! network, Joan’s last network to work with, had some fitting final words for the beloved diva.

“For decades Joan has made people laugh, shattered glass ceilings and revolutionized comedy. She was unapologetic and fiercely dedicated to entertaining all of us… The world is less funny without her in it. Today our hearts are heavy knowing Joan will not be bounding through the doors.”