The always-causing-trouble, pioneering comedienne, Joan Rivers, has passed away. From the beginnings of her comedy career in the 1960s in nightclubs and her guest-starring role on the Johnny Carson Show to her uncensored reality show, Joan Rivers will always be remembered for her unfiltered sense of humor (often at her own expense) and view on life. “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.”
The comedienne was also a staunch supporter of LGBT rights. She most recently made an appearance at Ali Forney Center’s Night of 1,000 Judys in June helping to raise awareness for homeless LGBT youths in New York. She also worked tirelessly for Gods Love We Deliver, delivering meals during the holidays to those living with HIV/AIDS—a part of her life she showcases in the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.
Rivers had been in a coma for the last week after she stopped breathing during a vocal cord procedure. She was 81.
We had the privilege of interviewing Ms. Rivers in 2010, check it out here.