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Breaking: Joan Rivers Dies

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Legendary comedian and TV host Joan Rivers has passed away. She was 81.

ABC News reports that Rivers passed away in her room at Mount Sinai Hospital.

“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.”

Rivers was hospitalized and placed on life-preserving machines for eight days after suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during surgery.


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