Joan Rivers Comedian and Legend, Dead at 81

joan_riversAlthough she was snarky, politically incorrect, and known for having a brash yet honest comedic style, Ms. Rivers was loved by millions throughout the world. For more than 50 years, Rivers made people laugh with her comedy but yesterday after experiencing a medical emergency associated with outpatient throat surgery performed earlier in the week, she passed away at Mount Sinai Hospital at the age of 81.

Ms. River’s daughter, Melissa, confirmed through a statement that her mother was in fact gone. Just one week prior to her death, Ms. Rivers had undergone a throat procedure at a New York clinic but somehow things went horribly wrong. A 911 call was placed and the comedian rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital where she was placed in a medically-induced coma and on life support.

During the span of her career, Ms. Rivers took to the stage, put on incredible shows at nightclubs, acted in movies, wrote best-selling books, was on countless television shows, and starting alongside her daughter on the E Network’s Fashion Police, took to the red carpet where she gave an honest opinion on what Hollywood celebrities wore.

Ms. Rivers had an incredibly successful career, which started in 1965 while appearing on the ”Tonight Show” starring the late Johnny Carson. Her bold sense of humor, raspy voice, and no-nonsense approach to life made her extremely popular. Within a very short period of time, Ms. Rivers had skyrocketed to stardom. Eventually, she landed her own show aired, which created permanent cracks in her personal relationship with Carson.

Not only was Ms. Rivers candid about other people, sometimes to the point of being offensive, she was candid about herself. It was this openness about successes and failures that made her so loveable and approachable. One aspect of her life in particular was the many cosmetic surgeries she underwent. In fact, her appearance changed so dramatically that for years, she made major headlines.

Ms. Rivers was a one-of-a-kind comedian who once said that Helen Keller dressed Queen Elizabeth II and actually made jokes about the Holocaust and 09/11. While at times she was insensitive, and even cruel, there was a very caring and loving side to Ms. Rivers that people appreciated. Although her “Can we talk” and “Oh grow up” comments will never be heard again, she leaves a legacy of being one of the most unique comedians in history.

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