Joan Rivers passed away Thursday afternoon, September 4 in a New York hospital. The comedienne was 81. She is survived by her daughter Melissa Rivers and grandson Cooper who had stayed by her side during her hospitalization. Funeral will take place at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan on Sunday.
"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers," Melissa said. "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 by 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 was rushed to the Mount Sinai Hospital Thursday, August 28 after going into cardiac arrest during a minor throat surgery at Yorkville Endoscopy clinic. The outpatient clinic is now being investigated by the New York State Department of Health.
Joan's family gave little information about her condition, but Melissa recently confirmed that the "Fashion Police" star was put on life support. "The cause and manner of death will be announced at some point," said a rep for New York medical examiner's office.
Condolences and prayers were pouring in from fans, friends, and colleagues. Larry King remembered her as "a dear & wonderful friend who I've known for 45yrs. Great guest, pal, comedian & mother. We will never see her likes again." Jimmy Kimmel tweeted, "We lost a great one in @Joan_Rivers - she was funny all the way to the end."
Kathy Griffin paid tribute to the late star, "A legend, a friend, a mentor, an icon, and wildly funny. One of a kind. RIP #JoanRivers @joan_rivers." Ellen DeGeneres wrote, "Joan Rivers will always be a pioneer. She paved the way for a lot of comedians. I'm very sad she's gone."
Samuel L. Jackson posted, "Love Her or Hate Her, we're gonna Miss JOAN RIVERS! I always Respected her go for broke humor. One of a kind.R.I.P." Ryan Seacrest said, "She was trailblazing. Hysterical. Thoughtful. We'll miss you immensely Joan." Sharon Osbourne joined the mourners, "My heart goes out to Melissa & her son Edgar Cooper. Love and respect from the Osbourne family to you both."