Following the tragic passing of Joan Rivers on September 4, 2014, her daughter Melissa Rivers has issued a statement, announcing her death at the age of 81.
Melissa Rivers’ Statement On Joan Rivers’ Death
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” Melissa said in a statement on September 4. “She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends.”
Melissa thanked the medical staff for their care of Joan, in addition to fans for the support.
“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.”
Joan passed away on September 4, at the age of 81, following a complication while she was reportedly undergoing surgery on her vocal chords. The comedienne and Fashion Police host was rushed into emergency medical care on Aug. 28, after she stopped breathing during throat surgery. She was then placed in an induced coma on life support.
Melissa Rivers Was Initially ‘In Denial’ About The Severity Of Joan Rivers’ Condition, According To Reports
Melissa initially appeared optimistic about her mother’s health after Joan was rushed into emergency care on Aug. 28, issuing an initial statement which read that Joan was “resting comfortably.” As a source later revealed to the New York Daily News, Melissa was “in denial” about the severity of her mother’s condition.
However, on Aug. 29, Melissa issued another statement which read that her mother’s condition “remain[ed] serious,” aligning with TMZ‘s reporting which claimed that Joan was on life support and “completely reliant on machines to stay alive.”
On Aug. 30, Melissa’s statement to the Associated Press simply read: “We are keeping our fingers crossed.” So, so sad.
Her career had an enormous impact on the entertainment industry and, as a woman, she was an absolute trailblazer who paved the way for other female comedians to be taken more seriously as artists.
Joan, you will be missed.
Our thoughts go out to Melissa and the rest of Joan’s family and friends during this difficult time.
— Elizabeth Wagmeister