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We can't believe this has happened.
We hate to report that Joan Rivers has sadly passed away.
Joan had been previously hospitalized in New York City when she stopped breathing during a routine surgery on her throat.
Here's what her daughter Melissa Rivers had to say about her tragic passing:
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm 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.”
According to TMZ, Joan was reportedly taken off life support by Melissa so that the comedienne could pass comfortably.
In addition, TMZ is also claiming that her passing has been reported to the NYC Medical Examiner's Office, and that there will be an investigation, according to law enforcement sources.
Rest in peace, Joan.
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