Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

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Joan Rivers rushed to New York City hospital.
Joan Rivers has passed away at 81 years old.

The comedy legend battled for a week to keep her life after suffering from cardiac arrest during a minor outpatient procedure last week and passed away peacefully at Mount Sinai hospital.

Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, announced the devastating news in a statement:

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 by 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.

Our thoughts go out to all of Joan’s friends and family. She is a personality we loved and will genuinely miss in this world.

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