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Remembering Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers has passed away after serious complications from a procedure on her vocal cords. After a week of being in critical condition, the iconic comic died yesterday at Mount Sinai Hospital. Her daughter made the following announcement via Joan’s website –

“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.

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.”  -Melissa Rivers

In honor of the life and accomplishments of Joan Rivers, we decided to take a short break from our usual posts and share some of her best moments with our fans. Take a look:

Early Days – Joan Rivers On The Ed Sullivan Show

From the beginnings of her career Joan was a trailblazer, paving the way for female comics to this day. She refused to let societal standards of gender stop her from pursuing a career that she was so obviously destined for.

Quick Wit – Joan Rivers Versus A Heckler

At first glance, Rivers may seem brash and harsh, but in this moment she reveals where her comedy comes from. In response to a heckler’s criticism, Joan retorts, “You idiot! Comedy is about making people laugh and deal with things!” 

Heartfelt Humor – Joan Rivers On Tragedy And Comedy

Another moment where we see the truth behind the icon’s humor. Joan tells an equally sad and funny story about her husbands suicide and how she broke the news to their daughter, Melissa.

Timeless Influence – Joan Rivers And Sarah Silverman

Joan not only paved the way for modern female comics, but she continued to influence them as both an icon and a peer. See her hilarious bit with Sarah Silverman, one of the comedians most influenced by the star.

Joan will be dearly missed by her fans and her death leaves behind a void which can never be filled. Her humor, heart, and influence leave behind a beautiful legacy and we were lucky to have witnessed her career. Share your favorite Joan Rivers moments in the comments and let’s do as Melissa said – return to laughter in honor of Joan Rivers.

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