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Joan Rivers passes away at 81

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Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers passed away earlier today at the age of 81. Rivers had been recovering from a minor endoscopic procedure to check her vocal chords when she went into cardiac arrest and later went on life support. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers released the following 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.”

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