"I Know Her Final Wish Would Be That We Return to Laughing Soon" -- Melissa Rivers on The Death of Her Mother Joan Rivers

An outpouring of love around the world follows news of the comedian's death at 81.
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An outpouring of love around the world follows news of the comedian's death at 81.

Along with the rest of the world, we're shocked to learn the sad news that Joan Rivers has just passed.

Here is one of the most classic and earliest clips of her doing stand-up on "The Ed Sullivan Show," which also showcases what she brought to the world of comedy: fearlessness, anger, hilarity and edge. Not to mention all of the barriers she broke as a woman performing standup in the 1960s.

Below is her daughter Melissa's beautiful statement she just releasedon the passing of her mother Joan Rivers at 81:

It with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. 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.