R.I.P. Joan Rivers; Legendary Comic Dead at 81

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Some sad news today as it has been reported that legendary comedian Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81 following complications from a recent medical procedure.  Rivers was perhaps best known as a red-carpet personality who spared no one when it came to her opinions on fashion.  While often strident, Rivers was widely recognized as an equal opportunity offender who could absolutely take whatever she dished out (and probable then some).  She also served as a guest host under Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show and was an accomplished stand-up comic in her own right.

Her life’s journey was both chronicled and roasted in the 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.  While she appeared in numerous films, often playing herself, I was first exposed to her as Dot Matrix in Mel Brooks‘ comedy classic Spaceballs.  A statement from daughter Melissa Rivers follows below.

Here is Melissa Rivers’ 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 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.”

Joan Rivers Dead at 81

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  • Nick

    Really is a shame. Blazed the trail for female comics and was mercilessly hilarious. RIP to someone who made me smile and laugh, even though she physically could do neither.

  • Chris

    The fact that she often made herself her biggest target is what made her so great. The lesson we should all take from her is to learn to laugh at ourselves first. RIP.

    • Jonathan

      Seriously? This is like the 6th time i’ve seen someone make this point. Did anyone see her most recent interview with a CNN anchor that she walked off on-air because she felt the line of questioning was too “negative”? Even the anchor later commented on how Joan seemed like one of many people who can only dish it out but don’t have the stones to take it.
      Sure, her ardent fans can rewrite her into whichever legendary hero they deem fit, but this is like eulogizing Conan o’Brien with “People could never get enough of Conan! Every job he got, the ratings went through the roof! Too bad NBC decided to go in a different direction. Their loss!”

    • Jonathan

      Seriously? This is like the 6th time i’ve seen someone make this point. Did anyone see her most recent interview with a CNN anchor that she walked off on-air because she felt the line of questioning was too “negative”? Even the anchor later commented on how Joan seemed like one of many people who can only dish it out but don’t have the stones to take it.
      Sure, her ardent fans can rewrite her into whichever legendary hero they deem fit, but this is like eulogizing Conan o’Brien with “People could never get enough of Conan! Every job he got, the ratings went through the roof! Too bad NBC decided to go in a different direction. Their loss!”

  • James

    As much of a bad rap as she often got, I loved her brand of comedy. She never hesitated to make fun of anyone, herself most of all. What I loved about it most is she did this with the intention of being funny not insulting like Lisa Lampanelli does. Truly a great comedian.

  • DEADP00L

    I don’t know who she is I guess I’m too young because I’ve never seen her in anything. My grandmother knows her so does my aunt but thats about it.

    She was 81 though so she lived a full life.

    • Jonathan

      Here’s all you need to know about her: Made a living making fun of others on how they looked or dressed . . . . . still managed to have more plastic surgeries than Michael jackson.
      Also, took every opportunity to point out how she was kicked off of appearing on the tonight show after she pissed off Carson and how we should all feel sorry for her because of it.

    • Jonathan

      Here’s all you need to know about her: Made a living making fun of others on how they looked or dressed . . . . . still managed to have more plastic surgeries than Michael jackson.
      Also, took every opportunity to point out how she was kicked off of appearing on the tonight show after she pissed off Carson and how we should all feel sorry for her because of it.

  • Leo Spaceman

    It is sad that she is gone and by no means do I want to take away from her death but it feels like every shock celebrity death in the last year has been ironic and strongly reflected the life they lived. Paul’s crash, Phillip’s addiction, Robin’s laughter.

    I have to imagine a one point Joan joked she would die under the knife. I am just glad she got to live her life to the fullest. Assuming she never woke up from the surgery she would have walked into the office and joked with staff before happily hopping on the table and quietly drifting to sleep. I like to think her last bit of consciousness was happy.

  • Bob and Rob Piccob

    Joan had so much plastic in her by the time she died her bodt will probably be preserved forever. I legitimately think she would want to look fabulous until time ends.

  • CJ

    Joan Rivers was edgy and unapologetic right up until the end.

    In this time of of fake outrage where, thanks to entitled asshole bloggers, comics are held to the same moral standards as politicians she was the one person to just say “Shut up and get over yourself! IT’S JUST A JOKE!!”

  • Cry Me a Rivers

    She was amazing on Nip/Tuck. RIP Mrs. Rivers!

  • Cry Me a Rivers

    She was amazing on Nip/Tuck. RIP Mrs. Rivers!

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