Joan Rivers dies at 81

Joan Rivers, a comedian, who was best known for poking holes in the facade of celebrities and celebrity culture is dead.

She died on Thursday, September 4, at the age of 81, after spending days in a medically induced coma.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by Melissa Rivers, Joan’s daughter.

According to her, “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers.

“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.”

Rivers went into cardiac arrest after undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords at an outpatient clinic. She had been put into a medically-induced coma after being rushed to New York’s Mt. Sinai hospital and treated there. She had been moved out of the hospital’s ICU unit and into a private room on Wednesday.

Born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn, NY., she graduated from Barnard in 1954 and dabbled in the fashion and fashion publicity industries until she began doing comedy shows in New York’s Greenwich Village.

Rivers was bluntly honest about what she thought. At times, she was abrasive and not afraid to be mean in her comedy. She wasn’t afraid to call out those she believed were phonies or hypocrites. And she was fearless about making enemies, which she did quite often.

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