(Gossip-Grind News) Comedienne Joan Rivers Dead At 81:
Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers passed away Thursday in New York City, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a medical procedure. Rivers was 81.
Joan’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, issued a statement saying, “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers.”
“She passed peacefully at 1:17 PM 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.”
Rivers, 81, had been on life support at Manhattan’s Mount Sinai hospital, where she was taken after she stopped breathing at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic last Thursday.
Rivers was undergoing an apparently minor elective procedure at the clinic when she suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest, according to the New York Fire Department.
Paramedics took her by ambulance to Mount Sinai Hospital, about a mile from the clinic, where she was initially listed in critical condition.
The outpatient clinic is now being investigated by the New York State Department of Health, spokesman James O’Hara said.
Her death also has triggered an investigation by the New York medical examiner’s office, its spokeswoman, Julie Bolcer ,told CNN. “The cause and manner of death will be announced at some point,” she said.
The Rivers family made very little information about her medical condition public, finally confirming Tuesday that she was on life support. (CNN)