Letting Go

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[Blind Gossip] When a person is in trouble, sometimes their family members can only do so much. In the case of this entertainment legend, their family has made the very difficult decision to let them go. This will happen on Thursday.


Joan Rivers will be taken off of life support today, Thursday, September 4th, 2014.

Joan Rivers stopped breathing during minor throat surgery on her vocal chords at a New York City medical facility last Thursday. She was admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital, where it was determined that she had suffered cardiac arrest and a subsequent stroke. Melissa Rivers, her daughter, immediately flew to New York to be by her bedside. Joan spent nearly a week in the Intensive Care Unit. After physicians informed Melissa that her mother was unlikely to recover, she took several days before making the difficult decision to remove Joan from life support.

joan melissa cooperAs there are many people who are close to the comedienne, Melissa thoughtfully wanted to give them chance to say goodbye. She had Joan moved to a private room to receive palliative care and to receive visitors.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, family members, friends, and work colleagues – including the president of E! – came to say their goodbyes in person. Some sat with Joan and held her hand. While many were somber and crying, others found comfort in sharing light-hearted anecdotes about their time with her, which Melissa really seemed to appreciate. All have been providing support and comfort to Melissa and her son Cooper, who have held up extraordinarily well under these sad circumstances.

All life support systems will be turned off today. Joan Rivers is not expected to survive.

Joan Rivers is a comedy legend who forged the way for many female comics. We have always admired and appreciated her. We will let the other media outlets cover the autobiographical aspects of her career. We will simply extend our deepest sympathies to Melissa, Cooper, and all those who loved her.

white flowersUPDATE

Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81.

As BlindGossip.com was the first to tell you, Joan was removed from life support on Thursday, September 4, 2014. She died shortly thereafter, surrounded by friends and family.

The following statement is from her daughter, Melissa Rivers:

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” daughter Melissa said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

“She passed peacefully at 1:17pm 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. Cooper and I 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.”

RIP, Joan Rivers. You were one of the great ones, and you will be missed!

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  1. maiidesuu says

    Oh wow… This is very sad news and I’m sure it’s about Ms.Joan Rivers but wow what heartbreaking news

  2. spenderr says

    Nooooo nooooo don’t take Joan Rivers off life support, DO NOT PULL THE PLUG, AT LEAST GIVE HER A CHANCE!! This is devastating news, I feel awful reading this. This will undoubtedly be the end of a legend and an end of an era, please do not do it, there’s always hope :/

    • KWDragon says

      I am sure they have done everything they can do. Now the family is just hoping for peace. Please give them that. This is going to be the hardest decision Melissa has ever made. My condolences.

    • Okayeah says

      There isn’t always hope, and even when there is it is often very faint. I’m in favour of letting go when that seems like the kindest option. I am not a fan of Ms. Rivers but do hope she is able to be at peace soon.

    • VexTheVixen says

      spenderr, trust me. There does come a time when there is no hope and the kindest, most loving thing to do is say goodbye and let someone go. I, too, am an only child like Melissa, and I, too, had to stand at a nurses’ station and sign those papers for my own Mother. I have never felt so alone in my life but it was her wish and something that had to be done. Like Joan, my Mother was a vibrant woman and lived life fully up to the very end. Can any of us ask for more? God speed, Joan Rivers. This Joan Ranger salutes you one final time.

    • LooLoo says

      OMG, what a horrible things to say. Life support does not equal “hope” in many cases. Families have to make this decision based on the patent’s wishes and the realistic medical outcome. They are making the best decision they can based on both.

      • jacksonian says

        I wish Melissa would have given her more time. I was in a coma after heart surgery for 15 days. The doctors told my family it was hopeless and if I did wake up I would possibly have brain damage or be a quad. Well, I did wake up and the only repurcussion I have is a paralyzed vocal chord that I am having my 4th vocal chord surgery on tomorrow (at a hospital outpatient center connected-literally- to a hospital). What are the friggin odds?
        RIP, Joan. I was a fan.

    • KimDealrules says

      I’m with u spender. I know for a fact the older a person is, the longer it takes for them to recover. I’m sorry and do not mean to offend but I think they should have waited a while longer.

      I have been in 2 separate similar situations and because a different/evil family member had a shady POA, they died even though they were not fatal conditions. Since I had the POA on another elderly family member, they were in ICU, coma, ETC., for 4 months and now they’re getting ready for rehab.

      I’m glad Melissa is doing “extraordinarily” well after enduring such misery in her life…

  3. xtina1983 says

    RIP Legendary Joan Rivers.

    Thank you for all you have down to smash down barriers in the industry and thank you for all the laughs you’ve provided throughout the years. You will truly be missed!

    P.S. I sure hope you’re dressed to impress 😉

  4. LooLoo says

    I was afraid this would be about her. So sad. She has lived a long, full life, though. I wish the Rivers family well right now.

  5. rudy says

    My heart goes out to Melissa Rivers.

    Someone must have put her mom on life support. Joan may not have signed a DNR.
    THis is a heartbreaking decision but the absolute right thing to do because melissa is following Joan’s wishes which is very difficult but the best for Joan, and the family in the long run.

    good bye Joan Rivers!! I always loved you.

    • MizGrandma says

      Even with a DNR, unless you have filed it in advance with the hospital, or carry it on your person, life support may be provided, even over family objections. This has been my personal experience.

  6. phoenixfire says

    Joan Rivers.

    i never really watched her stuff but death is sad for anyone. my heart goes out to her family.

  7. sleepless says

    Oh I’m so sad. Joan’s already gone its just taken her daughter this long to come to terms with it and make this decision. But its what Joan wanted from what I’ve read. Two legends gone in a few weeks.

    RIP Joan….And thanks for all of the laughs

  8. veganman says

    When I was in 8th grade, I met Joan at The Kirby Center in Wilkes Barre, Pa.

    I had lied and said I was a theater student from the local university. Back in those days, you could get back stage at events with just a phone call. Joan’s comedic style was so outrageous to me as a kid when I got the ticket to see her I knew I had to meet her. The opportunity would never come again.

    Joan had a head cold that night. Some people from the local ABC affiliate were there to see her as well a flight attendant that brought a box of Babbo from another country for her to autograph.
    She appeared with a box of tissues in one hand, and Spike in the other. She was congested, hoarse, shorter than I imagined and more congenial than any fan could have hoped. Despite her condition that night she was so pleasant, so accomodating, so amazing in person.

    I will always remember the amazing woman I met that night. A woman that could have waved us away. A woman that despite feeling horrible, went that extra mile for her fans. A woman that chatted up each of us like we were old friends. A woman hugged me and told me good luck in the business, and that I would be successful whatever direction I went in.

    Of all the things Joan has done in her career, that moment, that hug, will last with me forever. I never met Joan again but I have cherished that moment in her greatness for the last 25 years and I will for the rest of my life.

    RIP amazing lady

    • ShennanigansOHoolihan says

      This was great to read. I love heartfelt, personal stories like this. I’m so glad that you got a chance to meet her.

      RIP, Joan.

    • Mystical says

      Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story. Joan always seemed so much more sensitive and vulnerable than her comedy would lead people to believe. Kind of like Robin Williams in that way. She really did not get the respect or the credit in life that she deserved.

    • SammynSophie says

      According to everything I’ve read, your experience was typical of Ms. Rivers. By all accounts, she was a very warm, giving, thoughtful person. Such a sad loss. :(

  9. tacobunny23 says

    Joan Rivers :(

    She works on E! Entertainment also known as a “living legend” and Melissa went to be with her after she was put into her coma. So sad to hear.

    Another clue: white flower bouquet usually means a death.

  10. Mia444 says

    Oh man, we have lost so many greats in the past year…and now Joan Rivers, a trailblazer for women in comedy. My heart goes out to Melissa.

  11. mandy1728 says

    No one should ever have to make this decision. Thoughts and prayers go out to Joan Rivers and her family.

  12. riversong7 says

    Is this Joan Rivers? I thought I saw something saying she is out of ICU… But then again, when we lost my grandmother she moved from ICU to hospice. Whoever it is, I wish them peace.

  13. just-jking says

    Wow, how sad for her family :( I’m not religious but I pray that her daughter and her family will be able to stay strong during this difficult time.

  14. TrishluvsGossip says

    Joan will be remembered as a snarky, sharp witted legend. Some thought of her as cruel but she was just sharp tongued and no one was immune from her humor, including herself. I knew almost immediately that she would not survive the loss of oxygen to the brain. My mother experienced the same thing and we let her linger hoping for a miracle that didn’t happen. Joan Rivers would not want to linger on machines. She will be missed by many.

  15. Serena van der Woodsen says

    Oh this is so sad, it can only be Joan Rivers right? But the reports say she got moved out of ICU so doesn’t that mean she’ll be better?

  16. blackmahn says

    So sad for Joan Rivers and her family. But this seems like the right decision. I hope the family finds peace.

  17. chri5tin3 says

    Joan Rivers :( That would be the hardest decision to ever make. How the heck do you guys even know when it will happen?

  18. Nini says

    Joan Rivers, take her off the life support
    Very sad, but probably the best thing to do in such a situation

  19. Caligirl says

    Very sad. What a heartbreaking choice for a daughter to make. I pray for peace for Joan Rivers and her family.

  20. DDivaB says

    This is so sad. It has to be Joan Rivers. The family must be turning off the life support. She should have gone out with a bang- not a whimper.

  21. QubbuQ says

    How very sad. I feel for Melissa. I think this is about Joan Rivers and am sad such a difficult decision had to be made. :-( Sending love and light her way.

  22. peppermint twist says

    Melissa is letting Joan go to meet her beloved Edgar in the next life…This is so sad but if it happens then the family can take comfort in the fact Joan Rivers has lived a long and full and more so a privileged life.

  23. MovieMegan says

    Well this is clearly Joan Rivers. So very sad. What an awful way to go :-(. Feeling sad for her family.

  24. thisisannoying says

    Is this even a blind? I think she was a vulgar and unkind woman, but I don’t wish death upon her. Sad for her family. RIP Joan Rivers.