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Comedian Joan Rivers dies aged 81

Joan Rivers

 

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died on Thursday. She was 81.

Rivers was hospitalised last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor’s office following a routine procedure. Daughter Melissa Rivers said she died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends.

“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” Melissa Rivers said. “Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Rivers – who made “Can we talk?” a trademark of her routines – never mellowed during her half-century-long career. She had insults ready for all races, genders and creeds. She moved from longtime targets such as the weight problems of Elizabeth Taylor, of whom she said “her favourite food is seconds,” to newer foes such as Miley Cyrus, and continued to appear on stage and on TV into her 80s.

 

Article and image source: Channel24