Comedian, Joan Rivers has died.

Melissa Rivers made the sad announcement moments ago.

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

Melissa Rivers said her mother died at 1:17 p.m. “surrounded by family and close friends.” 

 
“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,” Melissa Rivers said.