Joan Rivers Passes Away at Age 81

Published 09/04 2014 03:34PM

Updated 09/04 2014 07:16PM

Joan Rivers passed away in New York City after complications from throat surgery.

Her daughter Melissa released a statement saying she "passed away peacefully at 1:17pm (Thursday) surrounded by family and close friends."

Joan Rivers stopped breathing during outpatient surgery on her vocal chords at a manhattan clinic on August 28th.

State Health officials are now investigating, Yorkville Endoscopy clinic, where rivers became unresponsive.

(Sources: NBC. CBS, CNN)

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