Joan Rivers, the blunt, tart tongued celebrity and talk show host who reconstructed her career numerous times on her way to becoming one of the most memorable comics of all time, has died at the age of 81.
Rivers died today (Thursday) at 11:17 a.m. Mountain Time at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Rivers was rushed there Aug. 28 and placed on life support after she suffered from respiratory and cardiac arrest during surgery on her vocal cords in a doctor's office.
Melissa Rivers said "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."