Comedy legend Joan Rivers passes away at 81

During a surgery in late August, comedian and talk-show host Joan Rivers had suffered from cardiac arrest and was eventually put on life support.

Rivers, 81, was said to have passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon, surrounded by her family and friends.

Rivers was having a minor operation at Yorkville Endoscopy clinic in New York when she suffered from both cardiac and respiratory arrest, as said by the NYFD.

The comedian was said to be in critical condition and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.

Tuesday, her daughter, Melissa, confirmed that her mother was on life support, and that prayer would be appreciated from friends and fans.

“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” she said. “Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”