Comedian Joan Rivers dies aged 81
Legendary comedian Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81.
Rivers had been on life support at a New York Hospital after suffering a heart attack during an operation on her vocal chords, but sadly passed away yesterday (September 4th).
The comedian's daughter Melissa issued a statement informing the world of her mother's passing, she wrote: "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."
She continued: "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."
Born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn, New York in 1933, Rivers initially found success on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, but became a fixture on screens after that, both as a TV presenter and a successful stand-up comedian.