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  • Joan Rivers Dies: Hollywood Remembers a Comedy Trailblazer

  • Less than a month after the world lost Robin Williams, comedienne Joan Rivers also passed away, taking a bit of the laughter with her.The caustic, controversial and groundbreakin...
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  • Less than a month after the world lost Robin Williams, comedienne Joan Rivers also passed away, taking a bit of the laughter with her.
    The caustic, controversial and groundbreaking funny lady died Thursday at the age of 81 after being taken off life support. She had been put in a medically induced coma a few days before, after she stopped breathing during surgery on her vocal chords.
    Joan Rivers, comedienne and Fashion Police host, dies at 81
    In the wake of the news, many celebrities, fellow comedians and actors mourned Rivers' passing by sharing their thoughts and memories:
    David Letterman: Here's a woman, a real pioneer for other women looking for careers in stand-up comedy. And talk about guts -- she would come out here and sit in this chair and say some things that were unbelievable, just where you would have to swallow pretty hard... but it was hilarious... the force of her comedy was overpowering.
    She was trailblazing. Hysterical. Thoughtful. We'll miss you immensely Joan.— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) September 4, 2014
    It was a treat running into Joan in the hallways at E!she was always on... always a riot. Our thoughts are w/ you & your family @MelRivers.— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) September 4, 2014
    Giuliana Rancic: It is almost impossible to describe how much I adored Joan and how much she has meant to me. She was not only the funniest woman I have ever met but was incredibly loving, honest, and lived her life with no regrets. Working with her for the last 13 years has been one of the true joys of my life. She could put a smile on your face, instantly, no matter how hard your day was ... My life is so much fuller and happier because I got to share it with this beautiful person, a true genius. I woke up today unable to grasp what the world will be like without her and at the same time feel so privileged to have called her my friend.
    I love you with all my heart @Joan_Rivers my life will never be the same with out you! https://t.co/0kn2FFZDF9 pic.twitter.com/zQnXlwepXh— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) September 4, 2014
    Page 2 of 4 - Louis C.K.: I feel very lucky that I knew Joan Rivers and I feel very sad that she's gone. She was a great comedian and a wonderful person. I never saw someone attack a stage with so much energy. She was a controlled lightning bolt. She was a prolific and unpredictable, joyful joke writer. She loved comedy. She loved the audience. She was a great actress and should have done that more. She loved living and working. She was kind. She was real. She was brave. She was funny and you just wanted to be around her. I looked up to her. I learned from her. I loved her. I liked her. And I already miss her very much. It really f---ing sucks that she had to die all of a sudden.
    Joan Rivers will always be a pioneer. She paved the way for a lot of comedians. I'm very sad she's gone. pic.twitter.com/i1uE9fyHMh— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 4, 2014
    My heart is broken. Joan Rivers RIP. Gone way too soon. All my thoughts & prayers are with Melissa & her family.— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) September 4, 2014
    When I met Joan Rivers I told her I loved her show. She said: "Which one? I have THREE!" Her energy, wit, stamina & heart are an inspiration— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) September 4, 2014
    My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan ??— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) September 4, 2014
    RIP Joan Rivers. Fearless & amazing. Here's a clip from her great documentary where she DESTROYS a heckler: http://t.co/mO0u25Y6HN— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) September 4, 2014
    Watching Joan Rivers do standup at age 81 was incredible: athletic, jaw-dropping, terrifying, essential. It never stopped. Neither will she.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 4, 2014
    I told Maron I'd have a zinger when Joan died. But I didn't think she ever would. She felt eternal, and anyway, zingers are her territory.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 4, 2014
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    That being said, Joan is gone but a piece of her lives on: her nose, because it's made of polyurethane.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 4, 2014
    Hail Hail a VaGenius has left this realm-Joan Rivers, Rest in Peace. | RoseanneWorld http://t.co/FLOBydIBG5— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) September 4, 2014
    We've lost a true legend today and an amazing woman - a pioneer. She opened up the arena for women in comedy....— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) September 4, 2014
    Joan Rivers has died. What a sad ending to a brilliant and tragi-comic life; one of the bravest, and funniest of all.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) September 4, 2014
    And in addition to being a trailblazer the great Joan always smelled good.Thanks for taking my challenge. I still owe you one. RIP x,sj— Sarah Jessica Parker (@SJP) September 4, 2014
    We will miss you @Joan_Rivers. What you did in your life was absolutely remarkable. Your rep for kindness to everyone was completely true— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) September 4, 2014
    RIP the mighty Joan Rivers. Funny & fearless. Truly one of a kind.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 4, 2014
    The day I was ridiculed by Joan Rivers for the way I looked was the day I felt like i made it in hollywood. RIP— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) September 4, 2014
    RIP Joan Rivers. Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed.— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) September 4, 2014
    Sad news @Joan_Rivers was one of the hardest working, funniest & sweetest women I've ever met. Twas a pleasure to have known you #JoanRanger— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) September 4, 2014
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    Did not want it to happen this way or this soon, but I am ready to step into Joan Rivers' shoes. Loved her.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) September 4, 2014
    At least she's already embalmed.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) September 4, 2014
    Joan Rivers RIP- I loved spending this time with you recently. One of my all time favorite interviews. http://t.co/OF4Ud4l037— Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) September 4, 2014
    This was 4 weeks ago. She was a joy. I'll never forget her and will miss her terribly. RIP Joan Rivers. A legend. pic.twitter.com/v9vu9PALnd— billy eichner (@billyeichner) September 4, 2014
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