Joan Rivers dies at 81 years

Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers

Legendary American comedian and television host Joan Rivers has died aged 81. Her daughter Melissa said in an official statement released to the media, “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Born Joan Alexandra Molinsky, the 81-year-old stopped breathing during throat surgery at a Manhattan medical clinic last week.

According to media reports she had suffered a cardiac and respiratory arrest during her procedure. The Fashion Police co- host was undergoing a relatively minor elective procedure at the clinic, which is about a mile away from the hospital where she was taken.

Ms Rivers had been scheduled to perform her comedy act at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey, the next night.

Her contraversial “shoot from the hip” style of comedy subjected her to a fair bit of criticism over the years, “When people hate me, that’s good,” she told the A.V. Club. “They know I’m there. You’re not a chorus kid. Remember in A Chorus Line, she’s having trouble and he keeps saying, ‘You’re standing out,’ and she’s trying not to? They hate me? That’s good.” She said “When people hate me, that’s good. They know I’m there.

Tributes for the celebrity have been pouring in from all over the world on news networks, Twitter and other social media platforms.

Legendary golfer Gary Player @garyplayer tweeted “RIP, Joan Rivers. You were never afraid to tell it like it is.”

TIME.com @TIME noted, Joan Rivers to TIME in 1983: “I ain’t afraid of death. I’m in show business. I died a million times.” ti.me/Yf5LO0

ELLE Magazine (US) @ELLEmagazine shared “Joan & Melissa Rivers on feminism, life & love: on.elle.com/1AbjAIR pic.twitter.com/42haSNklhS”

NewsBreaker @NewsBreaker posted “Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa releases statement: “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh.” @CNN pic.twitter.com/Ni1JnfzVZo”

Ellen DeGeneres @TheEllenShow noted “Joan Rivers will always be a pioneer. She paved the way for a lot of comedians. I’m very sad she’s gone. pic.twitter.com/i1uE9fyHMh”

Morgan Fairchild @morgfair tweeted “Joan Rivers, pioneering entertainer and comedian, dies at 81 gu.com/p/4×578/tw Sorry to hear this! Funniest lady & friend.”

Dr. Mehmet Oz @DrOz tweeted “I’m incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of @Joan_Rivers . She was a one-of-a-kind person, who possessed an…on.fb.me/1qAq69K”

According to NBC News, the Manhattan clinic where Joan Rivers stopped breathing during surgery is now under investigation.

#RIP Joan Rivers.