Joan Rivers dead at 81, ‘passed away peacefully’ (Updates)

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UPDATE 6:22 pm ET: David Letterman said the following at the Late Show with David Letterman taping tonight. It will air on CBS at 11:35 pm ET. “Here’s a woman, a real pioneer for other women looking for careers in stand-up comedy. And talk about guts – she would come out here and sit in this chair and say some things that were unbelievable, just where you would have to swallow pretty hard . but it was hilarious .. The force of her comedy was overpowering.”

UPDATE: 5:44 pm ET: A funeral for Joan Rivers will be held in New York this Sunday at Temple Emanu-El, according to temple spokeswoman Elizabeth Fezrine.

Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81. Her daughter Melissa Rivers confirmed the news with the following statement:

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” daughter Melissa said in a statement.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.

E! also issued the following statement: “E! and NBCUniversal send our deepest condolences to Melissa, Cooper and her entire extended family on this incredibly sad day. For decades Joan has made people laugh, shattered glass ceilings and revolutionized comedy. She was unapologetic and fiercely dedicated to entertaining all of us and has left an indelible mark on the people that worked with her and on her legions of fans. She’s been a much beloved member of the E! family for over 20 years and the world is less funny without her in it. Today our hearts are heavy knowing Joan will not be bounding through the doors.”

Six days after iconic comedian Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, today her daughter Melissa Rivers updated fans on the health of her 81-year-old mother. “My mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable,” Melissa’s statement read. “Thank you for your continued support.”

Joan Rivers was getting throat surgery done at an outpatient clinic in New York when she went into cardiac arrest on Aug. 28. Shortly after her arrival to Mount Sinai, doctors put her into a medically induced coma. Reports claim she was slowly getting out of the coma over the weekend with Tuesday as the day she’d be awake. Melissa Rivers didn’t address whether Joan is still in the coma or whether she’s still on life support.

Yesterday, E! announced it has suspended production on Fashion Police, the show on which Rivers co-hosts alongside Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos. “We will not be producing a ‘Fashion Police’ this week or next as we await Joan and Melissa’s return in front and behind the camera,” the network announced. “E! will be airing two ‘E! From Fashion Week’ specials that will deliver the latest news and information from the highly-anticipated event.”

On Aug. 29 Melissa Rivers issued a second statement: “My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world. Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery.”

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