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Joan had been previously hospitalized in New York City when she stopped breathing during a routine surgery on her throat.

It was just announced that she died from cardiac arrest. 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.”

Death isn’t funny. This year we’ve lost Joan Rivers, Robin Williams, Rik Mayall, Otto Petersen, Harold Ramis and Sid Caesar. RIP

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