According to CNN, Joan Rivers died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York at 1:17 p.m. on Thursday. She spent the last week of her life at Mount Sinai following a cardiac arrest that occurred during an elective medical procedure at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic.
Although this trailblazing comedienne was known for her obsession with plastic surgery, the procedure that caused Rivers to stop breathing focused on her vocal cords, NBC reports.
Rivers got her big break in her 30s when she first appeared on The Tonight Show. With the mentorship of Johnny Carson, she soon became a household name as a guest host for the late-night star. Her split with the show to briefly host The Late Show on Fox caused a permanent rift between her and Carson, ending their 20 year friendship.
Since then, Rivers won a Daytime Emmy, penned several successful books, upheld a busy acting career, continued touring, and established various reality TV endeavors with her daughter. She worked right until the end between her partnership with E! and her Youtube webseries.
She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Rivers, and grandson.
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