Comedian Joan Rivers dies


Tributes continue to pour in after the death of comedienne and television personality, Joan Rivers, who died due to complications arising from surgery. She was 81.

Her death was confirmed by her daughter Melissa, who posted a message on twitter saying, “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 13:17 pm surrounded by family and close friends”.

Known for acerbic style of comedy, and as the tough talking celeb fashion busting host of E! Entertainment’s Fashion Police, Rivers was admitted to the Mount Sanai Hospital in New York last week, after slipping into cardiac arrest following a routine operation to her vocal chords.

“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right know, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon,” Melissa Rivers ended her tweet.

Known to poke fun at not only celebrities’ fashion, but also her number of plastic surgeries, which she famously joked about saying, “I've had so much plastic surgery, when I die, they will donate my body to Tupperware,” Rivers also once joked about death in an image showing her wearing black sunglasses with both middle fingers raised, and a caption at the bottom reading “When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything’s in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action…I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene!

“I don’t want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. “I don’t want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing ‘Mr. Lonley.’ I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing like Beyonce’s.”

Widely regarded as a pioneer in taking on the male dominating comedy genre during the 1960’s-1970’s, Rivers’ death triggered a mass outpouring of grief on social media sites, with many fellow celebrities, fans and friends expressing their condolences.

“Thank you @Joan_Rivers for keeping us all humble...cause If you couldn't laugh at yourself, Joan would make us laugh at you #RIPJoanRivers”, singer Michael Buble tweeted.

“I love you with all my heart @Joan_Rivers my life will never be the same without you,” Rivers’ Fashion Police co-host Kelly Osbourne wrote.

“She was trailblazing. Hysterical. Thoughtful. We’ll miss you immensely Joan,” tweeted American Idol host, Ryan Seacrest.

@Joan_Rivers was an amazing woman and a great friend. Her energy and talent were boundless. She will be greatly missed,” wrote property tycoon, Donald Trump, whose celebrity version of his hit television show, The Apprentice, was once won by Rivers.

“Goodbye Joan. You were a bright light till the end. What a beautiful life and grand career you shared,” tweeted former American Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert.

“Love Her or Hate Her, we're gonna Miss JOAN RIVERS! I always Respected her go for broke humor. One of a kind.R.I.P,” wrote actor Samuel L. Jackson.

“Joan Rivers will always be a pioneer. She paved the way for a lot of comedians. I’m very sad she’s gone,” said talk show host and fellow comedienne, Ellen DeGeneres.


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