The losses of our nation’s great comedians continued today with the death of Joan Rivers. Joan was a trail blazer for female comedians since she first appeared, nearly fifty years ago on The Ed Sullivan Show. Joan’s no holds barred approach to comedy made her a very controversial figure, especially early on in her career. Later in her career, her red carpet hosting was the reason to tune in to awards shows.
Like many comedians, Joan’s life included a lot of dark periods. Her beloved husband Edgar’s suicide around the time her Fox late night talk show was cancelled was difficult. Joan admitted to contemplating suicide during that time, and her interviews often including her offering support to depressed people going through a dark time encouraging them to push through because things change and life does get better.
Joan’s only daughter Melissa shared the following press release today:
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. 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.”
“We 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.”
Joan Rivers will leave a void that cannot be filled. She will be missed.