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Comedy legend Joan Rivers dies at 81

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers, a pioneering female stand-up comic and the queen of “Can We Talk?” gossip, has died. She was 81, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said Thursday.

In recent years, death came up a lot in Rivers’ interviews and jokes as she coped with the loss of good friends. The night before she was hospitalized, Rivers did an hour of stand-up at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City, where she joked, according to the New York Daily News: “I’m 81 — I could go at any moment. I could fall over right here and you all could say, ‘I was there!’”

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