Co­me­dian Joan Rivers dead at 81

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

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 Thurs­day. She was 81.

Rivers died at Mount Si­nai Hos­pi­tal in New York, sur­rounded by fam­ily and close friends, daugh­ter Melissa Rivers said. She was hos­pi­tal­ized Aug. 28 after go­ing into car­diac ar­rest in a doc­tor’s of­fice fol­low­ing a rou­tine pro­ce­dure. The New York state health depart­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing Rivers’ car­diac ar­rest dur­ing an out­pa­tient pro­ce­dure.

“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.”

Un­der the im­mo­bile, plas­tic surgery-crafted ve­neer that be­came Joan Rivers’ un­apolo­getic trade­mark as she aged, her wit re­mained as vi­brantly raw and un­ruly as when she first broke her way into a com­edy world be­long­ing largely to men.

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