The fashion industry lost a legend yesterday afternoon when comedian Joan Rivers passed away in New York City at eighty-one. Rivers was checked into Mount Sinai Hospital last Thursday from an outpatient surgery clinic after going into cardiac arrest. The reason for her death has yet to be announced by medical professionals.
Early in her career, Rivers paved the way for female stand-up comics. Traditionally, comedy was a profession exclusively dedicated to males but Rivers broke the mold with her quick-wit and raspy voice becoming an inspiration for modern-day comedians. Throughout the years’ Rivers evolved from a vivacious, self-deprecating performer to a crude celebrity assassin. Rivers took no prisoners, poking fun at everyone and anyone including herself.
In recent years, Joan was most famous for her celebrity fashion show, Fashion Police on E! where she criticized stars’ latest fashion choices alongside other Hollywood elites. A station executive released this statement:
“For decades Joan has made people laugh, shattered glass ceilings and revolutionized comedy. She was unapologetic and fiercely dedicated to entertaining all of us and has left an indelible mark on the people that worked with her and on her legions of fans. She’s been a much beloved member of the E! family for over 20 years and the world is less funny without her in it. Today our hearts are heavy knowing Joan will not be bounding through the doors.”