A week after being rushed to a New York hospital,and being placed on life support, Fashion Police star and comedienne, Joan Rivers has passed on.
Her daughter,Melissa confirmed this in a statement.
It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers.She passed peacefully at 1:17 pm 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."
Her signature phrase “Can we talk?” was used as an icebreaker before verbally drop-kicking the object of her ridicule.
She was renowned for tackling taboo subjects, with some of her funniest material coming from her love life, ageing and death.
“Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century,” she once said.
In later years, Rivers became known for her love of plastic surgery, taken to excess with her exaggerated cheek bones and her preternaturally wrinkle-free face.
In a 2010 “Late Show” interview, David Letterman broached the plastic surgery issue:
“You don’t look exactly like the Joan Rivers I used to know.” Rivers was unapologetic.
“Our business is so youthful. ... You do little tweaks, and I think if a woman wants to look good, or a man, do it,” she said. “It’s not about anybody else.”