Joan Rivers, a striking character in the world of humor and well known for her scathing one-liners, passed away at the age of 81. The news of her passing was confirmed by her daughter Melissa to Reuters.
Reports claims that she was rushed to the hospital in New York City on August 28, TMZ reported, after an emergency call was placed for someone in “either cardiac or respiratory arrest.” She was reportedly undergoing throat surgery for her vocal chords when her breathing stopped. The New York Police Department confirmed that Rivers was in critical condition.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” Melissa Rivers said in an emailed statement. “She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. 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.”
Melissa added, “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.”
While she was known more today for her celebrity tongue-lashing on E!’s Fashion Police, Rivers made her career as a extraordinary comedian, trailblazing as a woman in a field dominated by men with her own relentless brand of humor.