» US Comedienne Joan Rivers Dead At 81 After Suffering Cardiac Arrest
US Comedienne Joan Rivers Dead At 81 After Suffering Cardiac Arrest
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After suffering a cardiac arrest, the legendary American
Comedienne Joan Rivers died on Thursday in a New York hospital.
Joan was admitted a week ago after suffering from cardiac arrest,
her daughter said. The comedian was 81.
"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," Efe quoted Melissa Rivers as saying
in a statement.
The comedian, host of E! television's Fashion Police, was
admitted on an urgent basis to Mount Sinai Hospital last Thursday
after having respiratory problems during throat surgery and she was
kept on life support.
"My son (Cooper) and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses,
and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they
provided for my mother," Melissa Rivers said.
Joan Alexandra Molinsky, the daughter of Russian Jewish
immigrants, grew up in suburban New York and graduated from Barnard
She performed in New York comedy clubs in the early 1960s and
her first television appearance was on "The Tonight Show", then
hosted by Jack Paar.