RIP Joan Rivers: Legendary Comedian Dies at 81

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NEW YORK CITY — Legendary comedian Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81.

Rivers passed away in a New York hospital Thursday afternoon, one week after suffering cardiac arrest during throat surgery.

Her funeral will will be at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan on Sunday, according to temple spokeswoman Elizabeth Fezrine. Details, including the time and if the public will be allowed to attend, are not yet known.

“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,” Melissa Rivers said in a written statement. “Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, 2012 Winter TCA Tour - Day 4support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated.”

Joan Rivers had been on life support at Manhattan’s Mount Sinai hospital, where she was taken after she stopped breathing at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic last Thursday.

The outpatient clinic is now being investigated by the New York State Department of Health.

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