Joan Rivers — the great stand-up comedienne, writer, actress, fashion critic, red-carpet staple and businesswoman — died on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at 1:17 p.m. local time at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She passed away following a week in the hospital after she reportedly stopped breathing during surgery. Read on for further details.
The legend’s demise was announced by her daughter Melissa. She was rushed to Hospital on Aug. 28, 2014 and placed on life support. During the surgery on her vocal cords, Rivers suffered from respiratory and cardiac arrest.
“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,” said Melissa Rivers in a statement, as published on BBC.
Rivers was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1933. In the late 1950s, she made her debut in performing at theater gigs and comedy shows in downtown Manhattan.Her career in television began in 1965 when she joined “The Tonight Show,” with Johnny Carson serving as a gag writer.
“I don’t like when the ladies come up and say, ‘Oh you broke barriers for women.’ I’m still breaking barriers, that’s starting with it, and I could still take you, sweetheart, with both hands tied behind my back … Am I proud to be a pioneer? I’m not a pioneer,” said Rivers during a 2012 PBS interview. She elaborated that she was still in the trenches and breaking ground.
With her trademark impudence, breathtaking humor and fundamental empathy, Rivers will eternally be acknowledged as one of America’s most esteemed, strongest and well-liked comediennes.
May Joan Rivers’ soul rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers go out to family, friends and fans in this difficult time.
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