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Commedian Joan Rivers Dies At 81

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One of her jokes went "I blame my mother for my poor sex life. All she told me was 'the man goes on top and the woman underneath'. For three years my husband and I slept in bunk beds". Late Joan Rivers was an actress, TV host, and a stand up comedian.

Joan Rivers, known quite recently to many as the mistress of Fashion Police died at the age of 81. Her daughter Melissa confirmed this. She had been on life support in Mount Sinai Hospital since having a cardiac arrest in New York last week.

She started her career as a stand up comedian, making fun at herself - her body, her family responsibilities and being a misfit within an unaccommodating world.

In a statement, her daughter said she died surroubded by family and friends, and she thanked hospital staff for their "amazing care".

Joan Rivers stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal chords at an outpatient clinic last Thursday. 

Joan Rivers was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky was born June 8, 1933, in Brooklyn New York to a family of Jewish immigrants who had fled the Russian revolution. Her home was not always a happy one. Her parents argued over money regularly.

Joan had dreams of making it as an actress but her parents discouraged it. 

Her big break came however in 1965 when she appeared on the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. She soon had her own talk show and kept up regular appearances on "Tonight" and several other talk and variety programs. 

Her first marriage lasted only six months . She met Edgar Rosenberg in 1965 not long after the Carson appearance, and they got married four days later. He however committed suicide in 1987.

Joan Rivers as a comedian was quick-witted and sharp-tongued, known around the world especially for her harsh criticisms on the style and fashion of celebrities on the E! network.

Rivers also became known for her numerous plastic surgeries which she flaunted rather than played down.

"I've had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware", she said.

Another joke about her plastic surgeries and her death, she said in a tweet "With all the plastic surgery I've had, I'm worried that when I die, God on't recognise me".

The comedian, known for her lacerating wit, said her harshness was what made up her personality. She said she only expresses what everyone is thinking and she is known to have been "screaming her way through life".

Joan Rivers was recognized for her wit but feared for her underlying wrath. She was known to be a very relentless person. In 2009, she won an edition of Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice".

Donald Trump said on Thursday, "she had unbelievable stamina".

"It's my job to make them laugh", Joan Rivers would say. It did not matter to her however how she did the job, if it hurt people or not. She was also criticized a lot for her approach as a comedian.

She almost never apologized and rarely looked back. She said it was her bluntness that made her who she was.

Joan earned several honors over her career. She was nominated for a Grammy and a Tony, and won a Daytime Emmy for her early 90's talk show.

"My mother's greatest joy 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 ".

Shortly after her death was announced, tributes poured in from the entertainment world.

Comedian and actress Whoopi Goldberg tweeted "My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan".

Ellen DeGeneres, a TV host described Rivers as a pioneer, adding that "She paved the way for a lot of comedians. I'm very sad she's gone".

Joan Rivers is survived by her daughter Melissa and her grandson Cooper.

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