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The internationally renowned comedian Joan Rivers has died at 81.

The Emmy-award-winning television talk-show host was undergoing surgery on her vocal chords at a clinic in New York City on Aug. 28th when she stopped breathing. Rivers was then rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she remained on life support.

In a statement Melissa Rivers, the daughter of the outspoken comedian, said, “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.”

According to Fox news, Yorkville Endoscopy, where the 81-year-old comedian went for a procedure, is currently being investigated by the New York State Department of Health.

A spokesperson for the department of health said, “The state department of health is investigating the matter. It’s a full investigation of the matter… Since it’s an ongoing investigation I can’t comment on what we’re looking at.”

An entertainment legend, Rivers was the first woman to break into late night television as the only permanent guest host on “The Tonight Show.” Following The Tonight Show, Rivers went on to hosting her own late night talk show, “The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers”.

In addition to talk-show host, Rivers was an author, Tony-award-nominated actress, columnist and much more.

The “Fashion Police” host leaves behind a daughter and a grandson.

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  • I find the outpouring of love for such a mean woman…interesting? I’m giving her the benefit of a doubt and hoping that, unfortunately, I missed her heyday. I only know the mean, rude, judgmental Joan Rivers who probably would have publicly (and in syndication) insulted my looks had I met her in person or had I been famous enough for her to care who I am. I don’t know details, but if she really was a great comic and ground-breaker, sad that she spent her last 20 years destroying that legacy to the point that younger generations just know her as a mean old lady with a plastic face who has the nerve to negatively judge other people’s looks.

    • Anthony

      As I said earlier, I am old enough to remember her on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and she was really, really funny. Coming from the black perspective, and knowing of the tradition of black comediennes like Moms Mabley, I see her as less of a trailblazer, but I guess she was the first female Jewish comic in the mold of so many successful male Jewish comics.

      I believe the suicide of her second husband was a turning point, and I believe the OJ trial was seen by a segment of Hollywood Jews as permission to be racially negative in way they had avoided earlier. Her NYC background, and the racial animosity that became much more with election of Mayor Koch through Guiliani was also reflected in her outbursts. In short, she did tear down in the last twenty years what she had built in her first thirty years of comedy.

  • vintage3000

    She made a joke about disabled kids in one of her stand up routines. A man in the audience who said he was the father of a disabled child yelled that her joke wasn’t funny, and you could hear the hurt in his voice. She barked back ‘itscomedysuckitupandshuttheeffup’ standard reply of her ilk. She also once joked that Willie Nelson’s children sent her a heartfelt letter once, asking her to stop saying awful things about their father.

    I can’t imagine what it’s like to have a mother who was so hateful and miserable. But I do feel sorry for Melissa going through this esp. since she is an only child.

  • Shirl

    I read a comment somewhere (before she passed) that she was having surgery to remove her foot from her mouth…Lawd help me I giggled.

  • When she was doing the red carpet at the Oscars she made fun of the actress who was George Clooney’s date because the woman was wearing a hat, Rivers was so ugly and the poor woman was wearing the hat because she had just finished chemotherapy treatments. Rivers never apologized. She was awful.

  • Jay

    Bye! I won’t miss ya! You were a mean spirited, racist, ugly ass bitch who always made fun of others because you knew you were lacking! The world is a better place with your passing…

    • RaiseTheBar

      “The world is a better place with your passing…”

      TRULY ! ! !