On Thursday, Joan Rivers died at the age of 81, after spending days in a medically induced coma.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement. “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.”
Rivers went into cardiac arrest after undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords at an outpatient clinic. She had been put into a medically-induced coma after being rushed to New York’s Mt. Sinai hospital and treated there. She had been moved out of the hospital’s ICU unit and into a private room on Wednesday.