RIP Joan Rivers: Comedy Legend Passes Away at 81

Photo: E! Entertainment
Photo: E! Entertainment

It has been announced that comic and E! stalwart Joan Rivers has died at 81 following complications following a routine throat procedure last week.

Her daughter, Melissa Rivers released a statement to the press in the last hour which read:

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother. 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.”

Although in recent years she was best known for her pull no punches views on the E! show Fashion Police, Rivers first came to public attention as a comedian.  Her big TV break was as a guest host on the legendary The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and she became a permanent host on the show in 1983.  She proved that popular with viewers that she launched her own rival late night chat show in 1986 called The Late Show.  Unsurprisingly, this move caused a permanent rift between Carson and Rivers.  Rivers had no issue with breaking down gender roles and boundaries with her forthright and often controversial opinions.

This forthrightness launched Rivers into her second career as a host for the red carpet show for E! with her daughter Melissa, and the pair were invited to host the 1995 pre-award show for the Academy Awards. This was the beginning of something of  award season must watch TV.  In 2010, she returned to E! to present the highly successful show Fashion Police alongside stars including Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic.

As well as her TV work, Rivers worked on behalf of several not for profit organisations including GLAAD, Guide Dogs for the Blind and The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Whether you loved or loathed her, it is safe to say that there was only one Joan Rivers.

Our thoughts go out to her family at this sad time.

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