Joan Rivers, a woman who made the world laugh for more than four decades, died Thursday.
"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers," her daughter, Melissa, said in a statement.
"She passed peacefully at 1:17pm 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."
The news comes a week after she stopped breathing during a surgery on her vocal chords in an outpatient treatment center in the upper east side of Manhattan. She was immediately rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she been since Thursday, Aug. 28.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Joan’s family during this difficult time.