We have lost the funniest woman in the world. Joan Rivers. She was 81 years-old.
Her daughter, Melissa Rivers told ABC News in a statement on Thursday, "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."
Rivers continued, "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."
Last week Rivers stopped breathing during throat surgery, according to a law enforcement official. Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City in critical condition, suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest.
LATF had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Joan a year ago, when she lent some advice to upcoming comics: http://www.latfthemagazine.com/magazine/034/comedians.html
Her stand-up, work on E! Fashion Police, reality show and downright hilarious books will keep her memory alive.
Photo: Charles William Bush