It is with a heavy heart that we report funny, fashion queen Joan Rivers has passed away at the age of 81 due to complications from throat surgery. 

Her daughter Melissa released the following statement: "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully 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 too.”

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