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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.
As 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.
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!