Comedian Joan Rivers Dead at 81

Joan Rivers, the pioneering comedian known for her acerbic wit, classic put-downs and for asking "Can we talk?," died on Thursday (September 04) at the age of 81 in a New York hospital a week after her heart stopped during an outpatient medical procedure. Melissa Rivers, the comedian's only child, said her mother died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends. Fans gathered at her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as fellow celebrities sent tributes via Twitter.

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