The internationally renowned comedian Joan Rivers has died at 81.

The Emmy-award-winning television talk-show host was undergoing surgery on her vocal chords at a clinic in New York City on Aug. 28th when she stopped breathing. Rivers was then rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she remained on life support.

In a statement Melissa Rivers, the daughter of the outspoken comedian, said, “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.”

According to Fox news, Yorkville Endoscopy, where the 81-year-old comedian went for a procedure, is currently being investigated by the New York State Department of Health.

A spokesperson for the department of health said, “The state department of health is investigating the matter. It’s a full investigation of the matter… Since it’s an ongoing investigation I can’t comment on what we’re looking at.”

An entertainment legend, Rivers was the first woman to break into late night television as the only permanent guest host on “The Tonight Show.” Following The Tonight Show, Rivers went on to hosting her own late night talk show, “The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers”.

In addition to talk-show host, Rivers was an author, Tony-award-nominated actress, columnist and much more.

The “Fashion Police” host leaves behind a daughter and a grandson.

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