We have devastating news. Legendary comedienne and television host, Joan Rivers passed away on Sept. 4, after she stopped breathing while undergoing surgery on her throat.
So sad. Hollywood has lost another great legend. Fashion Police star and Emmy award-winning television host, Joan Rivers, passed away on September 4, at the age of 81, following a complication while she was undergoing throat surgery. She will be missed.
Joan Rivers Dead: Legendary Comedian Passes Away At 81
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 for my 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.
A funeral will be held for Joan at at Temple Emanu-El in her hometown of New York City on Sunday, Sept. 7.
“It is a terribly sad day for all of us,” Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson tells ABC News in a statement. “We mourn with her family, friends and all those millions to whom she brought laughter and joy.”
Joan was reportedly undergoing surgery on her vocal chords when she suddenly stopped breathing and was immediately rushed to Mount Sinai hospital in New York City.
Melissa dropped everything and rushed to be by her mother’s side once she learned of the complication. Unfortunately, less than an hour later, the site updated that the NYPD reported that was in critical condition. “We’re told an emergency call was placed to 911 at 9:39 AM ET and the caller said, ‘We have somebody in either cardiac or respiratory arrest.”
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, just this past week, the hilarious comedienne dished on the best and worst fashions at the 2014 Emmys on the latest episode of Fashion Police on Aug. 26. She had also featured, LeAnn Rimes, 32, and Eddie Cibrian, 41,on the latest episode of her web chat series, In Bed With Joan.
Such a tragedy, Joan will be missed by all.
Remembering Joan Rivers
The legendary star had a long and successful career which began in the late 1950’s, where she had a brief stint in the show, Driftwood. In the 60s her career really took off and she appeared on popular shows such as, Candid Camera, The Tonight Show with host, Johnny Carson, and The Ed Sullivan Show.
In 1986 she hit it big when she was given her first late night talk show, The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers. In 1989 she moved to her daytime talk show, The Joan Rivers Show, for which she won and Emmy.
In the last decade she combined her comedic talents and love of television into one by hosting Fashion Police on the E! network alongside of Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, and George Kotsiopoulos. She was also a contestant on season two of Celebrity Apprentice with her Melissa.
Joan was also a best-selling author of 12 books including Diary of a Mad Diva, I Hate Everyone … Starting with Me, and Don’t Count the Candles: Just Keep the Fire Lit. She is survived by her daughter, Melissa, and grandson, Edgar Cooper Endicott, 13. Joan was married twice during her life — in 1955, she married James Sanger and the two were together for six months; then in 1965, she married Edgar Rosenberg. He committed suicide in 1987.
Our thoughts go out to Joan’s loved ones during this difficult time.
— Caitlin Beck