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Comic Joan Rivers dies at 81

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Legendary comedienne, Joan Rivers, died today surrounded by family and friends in a New York hospital. Rivers was rushed to the hospital last Thursday after complications developed during a medical procedure at an outpatient clinic. Rivers’ reportedly stop breathing. She had been on life support until yesterday when she was moved out of ICU and into a private room. Her death was announced this afternoon in a statement from her daughter Melissa.

“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.” More of that statement on US Weekly.

The queen of the outrageous one-liners and caustic barbs had a clear understanding of her relationship to the audience. Rivers said: “I want them to know I don’t think I’m wonderful, or better than they are. Part of comedy is saying: “I am you and you are me, and we’re all feeling the same thing.”

Joan Rivers was 81.

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