Joan Rivers Dead at 81

Published 09/04 2014 02:11PM

Updated 09/04 2014 02:14PM

Comedian Joan Rivers arrives for the premiere of the documentary
Comedian Joan Rivers arrives for the premiere of the documentary "Joan Rivers - A Piece Of Work" during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah/Reuters
FOX NEWS - Iconic comedian Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81 after going into cardiac arrest on Aug. 28 and being put on life support at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital.

"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers.

She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends," Melissa Rivers said, "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."

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