Comedian Joan Rivers Dies at 81

Comedian and actress Joan Rivers has passed away at the age of 81 after suffering complications during surgery, her daughter Melissa Rivers announced today. She was surrounded by close family and friends.

Rivers went to a clinic for thoat surgery on August 28, where she experienced complications that included stopped breathing. After being rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, she was placed into a medically induced coma and on life support. It was only yesterday, September 3rd, that Melissa posted an updated saying, “My mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable. Thank you for your continued support.”

Joan Rivers passed away today at 1:17pm, according to Melissa. Her full statement is below.

"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. 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."