Joan Rivers Dead at 81

A statement released today by Melissa Rivers announced the passing of her mother, Joan Rivers.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. 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.”

Melissa Rivers added that she and her son, Cooper, who is Joan Rivers’ grandson, “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.”

A couple years ago, Joan told an interviewer, “I’d rather be a good-looking corpse than look like some of the people I saw at my class reunion.” Today she got her wish. We’ll miss you – you were a ninja at offending people on the red carpet.

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9 years ago

At least she got to piss on Johnny Carson’s grave after he treated her like s**t.