Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81; a Remembrance

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“Joan made me laugh harder than anyone I’ve ever known. It wasn’t like sometimes. It was every time. She made you laugh deep in your guts,” Whoopi Goldberg, comedian, stated in remembrance of fellow comedienne, Joan Rivers who died during elective  surgery in New York, on August 28.

Joan Rivers, 81,  was undergoing an apparently minor elective procedure at The Upper East Side clinic, according to the New York Fire Department, when Joan Rivers suffered a cardiac arrest during throat surgery on her vocal cords.

She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital on The Upper East Side, and was moved from its intensive care unit into a private room on Wednesday. She never regained consciousness, stated TheGuardian.com

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement. “She passed peacefully at 1:17 pm surrounded by family and close friends.

The legendary comedian died on Sept. 4. Her funeral took place in New York on Sept. 7, and was attended by such celebrities as Kathie Lee GiffordHoda KotbDonald Trump., Judge Judy Sheindlin, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, Whoopi GoldbergSarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Andy Cohen, Geraldo Rivera, Barbara Walters, Alan Cumming, Dr. Memhet Oz, Kathy Griffin, Robin Quivers, Diane Sawyer, Billy Bush, Rosie O’Donnell, Kristin Chenoweth,  Chuck Scarborough, Alicia Quarles, Rachael Ray,  according to TMZ.

“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,” Melissa Rivers remarked.

Joan Rivers is a renowned award-winning American comedian, actress, and television personality. Rivers was known for appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, producing  a Grammy Award-nominated comedy album and hosting  a syndicated daytime talk show, among many other projects, according to biography.com

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God’s gift ; that’s why we call it the present,” Joan Rivers said.