Joan Rivers Dead at 81; Scarlett Johansson Gives Birth: Top 5 Thursday Stories

Joan Rivers and Scarlett Johansson
Joan Rivers passed away at the age of 81 and more top stories from Sept. 4. Beck Starr/FilmMagic; Steve Granitz/WireImage

The world lost a legend on Thursday, Sept. 4. Comedian Joan Rivers passed away at the age of 81, her daughter confirmed in a statement to Us Weekly. Following the news of her death, celebrities and friends of the Fashion Police host shared touching tributes and mourned the star. In happier news, Scarlett Johansson gave birth to her first child. Check out the rest of Us Weekly's top stories from Thursday, Sept. 4 in the round-up below!


"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers," Melissa Rivers said in a statement. The Fashion Police host was first hospitalized after she stopped breathing during a throat procedure on Thursday, Aug. 28. 

Everyone from Goldie Hawn to Bette Midler and more mourned Rivers in compelling tributes, sharing funny moments and sweet snaps of the late comedian.

Scarlett Johansson is officially a mom! The Lucy star welcomed her first child, a baby girl named Rose, with fiance Romain Dauriac, her rep confirmed to the Associated Press.

Find out what Joan Rivers told Us Weekly she'd be if she wasn't in show business and 24 other fun facts.

Lena Dunham honored Joan Rivers with a hint of humor. The Girls star cracked a plastic surgery joke in her Twitter tribute, but some thought it was too soon.

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