The popular television personality and comedian, Joan Rivers, passed away today at the age of 81. News of the actor’s death was confirmed today by River’s daughter just moments ago. In a statement Melissa wrote, “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers.” She then added, “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.”

It was just last week that Rivers was taken to a hospital in New York City, after complications during a throat surgery caused her to stopped breathing. Melissa Rivers confirmed that news last week, after Joan Rivers was placed in a medically induced coma.

Born right here in Brooklyn, our hometown and hers, she began in the theater and eventually her fame lead her to the Tonight Show as a stand-in host for Carson himself. It was in 1986 that a rift between Carson and Rivers grew when Rivers left to host ‘The Late Show with Joan Rivers’. The two never reconciled.

Then in 1987 River’s husband committed suicide, her show at the time was cancelled and her fame and wealth were falling out from under her, yet she never gave up.

Joan and Melissa saw as slit as well in her darker times but her endless pursuit of family and strong work ethic put her back in touch with her daughter, and back on top at E! news.

On the E! network the mother-daughter team were co-hosts at pre-award shows and were often seen together on television.