By Maximillian Boudreaux, Guest Writer
On September 4, America lost an iconic queen of comedy that had a career spanning over five decades. Joan Rivers was the undisputed comic who survived personal tragedy and career disappointment to revamp herself into a fashion television personality who had cemented her position on the E! Network show Fashion Police.
Rivers passed away on Thursday afternoon at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she received medical care after she stopped breathing during a surgery on her vocal chords at an endoscopy clinic on Aug 28.
Melissa Rivers had had the arduous task of taking her mother off life support, as well as releasing the official statement that read as follows: “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,” Rivers said.
Joan Rivers became notorious for joking about sensitive and taboo subjects such as The Holocaust and the Haiti earthquake, as well as suggesting that First Lady Michelle Obama is actually transgender. Despite this, Rivers never thought of her comedic style as offensive. Her motto was, “Life is tough. Life is tough. I just think make them laugh.”
Rivers was discovered by the late great Johnny Carson when she was hired to perform and writes on The Late Show in male dominated industry. By the late 80’s, Rivers was Carson’s go to guest host while absent, however the relationship turned sour when Rivers was given her on Late night show on rival network FOX in the same timeslot and failed to share the news. Rivers was cut off from Carson personally and professionally and the ban was even carried on with the next two hosts Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien. Despite the career setback Rivers survived and thrived with a career as a red carpet correspondent, reality TV show veteran (Joan and Melissa: Knows Best and the winning title of Celebrity Apprentice). However her triumphant monumental moment came this year when Jimmy Fallon invited on the show half a century after being dismissed. Right before Joan Rivers, passed she discussed the kind of funeral she wanted.
“When I die, I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action…I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don’t want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don’t want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing ‘Mr. lonely.’ I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyoncé’s.”
Reports earlier this week say that her funeral was the glamorous affair she had hoped.