News: Joan Rivers Dies

Joan Rivers

Update 4/9/14: News is coming in that 81-year-old comedian Joan Rivers has died in New York. She had been hospitalised last week. She was reportedly having her vocal chords checked when she suffered respiratory problems and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. Her daughter Melissa said she died peacefully surrounded by family and friends.

Rivers had been put into a medically-induced coma and a statement was issued last week: “Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support. We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available,” said hospital spokesman Sid Dinsay. It had been reported that she had been moved out of intensive care earlier this week.

Her daughter Melissa had asked friends to pray for her mother. Stars took to social media to wish Rivers well. Ellen Degeneres tweeted: "I’m thinking about you, Joan Rivers, and sending lots of love your way.?

Rivers had been due to appear at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 15 & 16 as part of her Before They Close the Lid tour. 

No further details have been released yet.

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