Joan Rivers dies at age 81, funeral planned for Sunday in New York

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” Melissa Rivers said in a written statement today. “She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and CLOSE friends. 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.”

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Melissa Rivers added that she and her son, Cooper, “have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do RIGHT now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

The comedian will be honored at A FUNERAL at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan this Sunday.

“It is a terribly sad day for ALL of us,” Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson told ABC News in a statement. “We mourn with her family, friends and all those millions to whom she brought laughter and joy.”

Joan Rivers will truly be missed. She’s an ICON!

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