Comedic legend Joan Rivers has passed away at the age of 81 on Thursday, September 4 after suffering complications from a throat surgery last week.
The “Fashion Police” star was known for her hilarious and outrageous personality and once said, “I mock everybody, regardless of race, creed or color,” proving no one was off limits. “Every joke I make, no matter how tasteless, is there to draw attention to something I really care about.”
Her favorite person to poke fun at? Herself!
Rivers was the first to mock her facelifts and other plastic surgeries saying her grandson Cooper, “calls me Nana New Face. And when he was younger, the joke was he had never seen me without bandages. So one time, we saw ‘The Return of the Mummy,’ and he ran to the TV set and he went, ‘Grandma, Grandma.’”
The famously hard working woman was no where close to slowing down, even in her eighties. Rivers co-hosted “Fashion Police,” starred in WE TV’s reality series “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” and hosted two online shows, “In Bed With Joan” and “Drunken Celebrity Phone Calls.”
The night before she was hospitalized, Rivers did an hour of stand-up at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City, where she joked, according to the New York Daily News: ”I’m 81 — I could go at any moment. I could fall over right here and you all could say, ‘I was there!’”
Rivers is survived by her daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper.