According to the Associated Press, comedian Joan Rivers has passed away. The news of her death comes via her daughter Melissa Rivers.
Rivers, 81, was hospitalized in New York after she stopped breathing during outpatient surgery on her vocal cords at a Manhattan clinic. She had suffered cardiac arrest last week, and remained on life support this week. Rivers, known around the world for her thought-provoking jokes and one-liners, is a cornerstone in comedic history.
“On behalf of my mother and our family, we are extremely grateful for all the love and support we’ve received. At this time, she does remain on life support,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement.
There has been no word yet on the date and time of her funeral. This article will be updated as the story develops.
Joan Rivers was born on June 8, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Joan Alexandra Molinsky. She was a writer and actress, known for The Joan Rivers Show (1968), Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) and The Joan Rivers Show (1989). She was married to Edgar Rosenberg and James Sanger. She died on September 4, 2014 in New York City (SOURCE: IMDb).