Joan Rivers dies at age 81


Talk-show host, actress, comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers, died this Thursday, 4 September 2014 following complications from a medical procedure. Rivers was 81 years old.

On 28 August 2014 Rivers went into cardiac arrest while undergoing surgery in New York City. On 2 September, her daughter Melissa Rivers announced that her mother had been placed on life support.

According to Melissa Rivers, the comedian died peacefully two days later at 13h17 and was surrounded by close friends and family. “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” Melissa Rivers said in a written statement released on Thursday. “…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.”

After first appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1965, Rivers started a talk-show career of her own that included The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers on Fox in 1986.

In the 1990’s Rivers found her fit as a fashion critic when she started working for the E! Network. During her career she wrote 12 books, appeared on Broadway several times, and in 1994 received a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Play for Sally Marr…and Her Escorts.

She is most well-known for her role as host of the popular television show Fashion Police on the E! Entertainment which she maintained until the time of her death.

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Chanelle Ellaya is the editor of Screen Africa. She completed her BA Journalism degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2011. While writing is her passion, she has a keen interest in the media in various capacities. Chanelle is an avid social media networker and a firm believer in the power of social and online networking. Between writing and tweeting, she finds time to feed her love for live music.


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