Joan Rivers is dead at age of 81, reports NBC News.
The controversial comedian and “Fashion Police” co-host” was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital in New York on Aug. 28 after she stopped breathing during a surgery on her vocal cords at a clinic, TMZ first reported.
Rivers remained in the hospital and was kept on life support as her condition fluctuated, moving in and out of intensive care throughout the week.
River’s daughter Melissa released a statement on Thursday through KATZ Public Relations, reports The Wrap:
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.