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Comedians, fans, royalty mourn death of Joan Rivers

Flowers are placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star for Joan Rivers in Hollywood, California.
Flowers are placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star for Joan Rivers in Hollywood, California.
Flowers are placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star for Joan Rivers in Hollywood, California.

Comedians, friends and fans on Friday paid tribute and mourned the loss of Joan Rivers, the sassy, sharp-tongued, brutally honest comedy legend who died a week after her heart stopped during an outpatient medical procedure.

Rivers, 81, passed away peacefully yesterday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and friends, her only child, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement.

Her funeral will be an invitation-only ceremony on Sunday at Temple Emanu-El, a landmark synagogue on New York's Fifth Avenue.

As bouquets of flowers piled up at the entrance of her Upper East side home, comedians and others remembered the raspy-voiced, Brooklyn native who helped pave the road for women in comedy, in statements, tweets and Facebook posts.

Late-night talk show host David Letterman said the force of her comedy was overpowering.

"Here's a woman, a real pioneer for other women looking for careers in stand-up comedy," he said. "And talk about guts - she would come out here and sit in this chair and say some things that were unbelievable, just where you would have to swallow pretty hard ... but it was hilarious."

No topic or person was off-limits for Rivers, who stopped breathing during a throat procedure at a Manhattan clinic last week and was rushed to Mount Sinai, where she was put on life support.

The New York Medical Examiner's Office said it was investigating the cause of death but could not say when the results of an autopsy would be available.

Telephone messages left with the Manhattan clinic where Rivers was treated, which is being investigated by New York State's Department of Health, were unanswered.

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