Joan Rivers died Thursday at the age of 81, a little more than a week after suffering a heart attack during throat surgery. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, issued the following statement:
It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother. She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. 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.
Many expressed sentiments on social media, and along with memorials and respects paid to the Rivers family, Twitter sent off one of its favorite comedic ladies with several one-liners. Here are some of our favorites, with unexpected lessons from the leader of the “Fashion Police”:
RIP Joan Rivers pic.twitter.com/9gastBTpk1
— Wellbelove (@wellbelove) September 4, 2014