Entertainment legend and comedian Joan Rivers has died at 81 after several days on life support at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” Melissa said (via People). “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.”
Rivers was rushed to Mt. Sinai from a Manhattan doctor’s office a week ago (8/28), where she suffered complications during a throat surgery. According to the New York Fire Department, the Rivers had stopped breathing during the procedure.
Audience member, Michael Lucas, tells Pix11 Rivers joked about death during the filming of her show at New York’s Laurie Beechman Theatre on Wednesday—a day before surgery.
“You know I’m 81 years old, and I could drop dead at any moment and you would be so lucky because you will have a story to tell your friends for the rest of your life.”
Lucas says Rivers then mimicked people talking about what it’d be like to watch her drop head on stage. “There was no sign (Wednesday) night that she was declining. Her show was over an hour long and she never stumbled or even paused to catch her breath.”
R.I.P Joan Rivers. Our condolences go out to her family.