'PIONEER' JOAN RIVERS HAILED BY DEGENERES, GERVAIS, KIMMEL AND OTHER COMEDIC GIANTS

Joan Rivers dies age 81.

Joan Rivers. Credit: FilmMagic

The 81-year-old Fashion Police host passed away on Thursday afternoon (US time) after suffering cardiac arrest during a throat procedure on Aug. 28 and remaining in a medically-induced coma until her death.
'PIONEER' JOAN RIVERS HAILED BY DEGENERES, GERVAIS. KIMMEL AND OTHER COMEDIC GIANTS

'PIONEER' JOAN RIVERS HAILED BY DEGENERES, GERVAIS. KIMMEL AND OTHER COMEDIC GIANTS

"My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh," Joan's daughter, Melissa Rivers, noted in a statement. "Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon."

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Her fans — famous and otherwise — are certainly taking a moment to mourn though. And many are sharing their thoughts and memories on Twitter and Instagram.









"No one loved life, laughter and a good time more than Joan," Barbara Walters said in a statement. "We would have dinner and laugh, and gossip and I always left the table smiling. Her private life may have been a bit lonely except for her beloved daughter, Melissa, but her public life gave everyone a happy time."





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Breanne L Heldman writes for Yahoo Celebrity.

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