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Now that famed comedienne Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81, her daughter Melissa has released a statement to the press:

Via ABC:

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” Melissa Rivers said in a written statement today. “She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. 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.”

Melissa Rivers added that she and her son, Cooper, who is Joan Rivers’ grandson, “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.”

With a career that thrived longer than a half of century, it was almost a given that the celebrity love began to pour in.

Flip through the gallery below to see all the kind things her famous friends had to say about the edgy comedienne’s life.

Photo: WENN

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