RIP Joan Rivers. You have given us 50 Years of Funny. We received the tragic news of her passing just a few hours ago. Joan Rivers was hospitalized August 28th due to cardiac arrest and never recovered.
In statement released by Joan Rivers’ only child, Melissa Rivers,
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother. 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.”
It continued: “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.”
Also known as the “Queen of the Barbed One Liners,” she talked openly about her numerous plastic surgeries.
I’d rather be a good looking corpse than to look like some of the people I saw at my class reunion.
Joan Rivers, known for her charisma and quick wit was given her “break” in the business by comedy icon Bill Cosby. She began her career as a regular on the Tonight Show as a stand up comic in the 1960’s. According to daughter Melissa
Rivers was the first woman to host her own late night talk show. Emmy winning and Tony Award Winning talk show
Joan Rivers’ sister Barbara Waxler died last year. According to the Daily Mail, the television icon previously credited Barbara for encouraging her razor wit as children and that her sister was quite the comedienne herself despite her high pressure career as an attorney.