Friends, family, fans, and celebrities took to social media on Thursday, Sept. 4, after learning of Joan Rivers' death at age 81 from surgical complications. Daughter Melissa Rivers confirmed her mother passed away in a statement which read: "She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends."
Find out what Joan's friends, admirers, and fans had to say about the late comedienne below.
So sorry to hear the news about Joan Rivers. She was one of a kind. My heart goes out to Melissa and Cooper.
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) September 4, 2014
May you rest in peace Joan Rivers. Your uniqueness and your gift of laughter will permeate the heavens. You will never be forgotten.
— Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn) September 4, 2014
Very sad to learn about Joan Rivers, a pioneer for women in comedy.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) September 4, 2014
And in addition to being a trailblazer the great Joan always smelled good.Thanks for taking my challenge. I still owe you one. RIP x,sj
— Sarah Jessica Parker (@SJP) September 4, 2014
Watching Joan Rivers do standup at age 81 was incredible: athletic, jaw-dropping, terrifying, essential. It never stopped. Neither will she.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 4, 2014
Too much to say. A constant source of encouragement for me years before anyone else gave a damn. A full and fabulous life. Love you, Joan.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) September 4, 2014
Gutted. As well as being an icon and trailblazer, Joan Rivers was so kind to me when I first came to LA. Tonight I raise a glass to you Joan
— Ed Weeks (@EdwardWeeks) September 4, 2014
Joan Rivers has died. What a sad ending to a brilliant and tragi-comic life; one of the bravest, and funniest of all.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) September 4, 2014
Goodbye my friend Joan Rivers. You were a huge part of my professional life and you brightened up the horizon with your Chutzpah! Sad!
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) September 4, 2014
RIP Joan Rivers. Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) September 4, 2014
I loved Joan Rivers. A trailblazing funny lady. Have fun up there. #RIPJoan
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) September 4, 2014
We'll miss our friend Joan Rivers. pic.twitter.com/XJoMW3WxYF
— Kathie Lee and Hoda (@klgandhoda) September 4, 2014
— Sarah Michelle (@RealSMG) September 4, 2014
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) September 4, 2014
RIP to the funniest, most hardworking lady in the biz. You will be missed @Joan_Rivers!
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) September 4, 2014
Terribly sad news about Joan I watched her back in Bev hills at the ye little club where I started out she was one of the greats
— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) September 4, 2014
RIP, #JoanRivers…. What a spirited force, trailblazer and beacon for all things funny. Such a loss.
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) September 4, 2014
RIP Joan Rivers. You made us laugh and happy.
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) September 4, 2014
NOOOOOOOO………. RIP Joan. You will be forever missed.
— Kelly Ripa (@KellyRipa) September 4, 2014
RIP Joan Rivers. A force of nature.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) September 4, 2014
Heaven just got a whole lot funnier. #RIPJoan
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) September 4, 2014
.@Joan_Rivers was a dear & wonderful friend who I've known for 45yrs. Great guest, pal, comedian & mother. We will never see her likes again
— Larry King (@kingsthings) September 4, 2014
we lost a great one in @Joan_Rivers – she was funny all the way to the end
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 4, 2014
My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal… There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) September 4, 2014
So funny and irrepressible. Rest in peace, Joan Rivers.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) September 4, 2014
My heart is broken. Joan Rivers RIP. Gone way too soon. All my thoughts & prayers are with Melissa & her family.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) September 4, 2014
We've lost a true legend today and an amazing woman – a pioneer. She opened up the arena for women in comedy….
— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) September 4, 2014
RIP the mighty Joan Rivers. Funny & fearless. Truly one of a kind.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 4, 2014
We'd fuss but love was there. Cant believe ur gone. Love to your family. You were iconic and trailblazing. RIP Joan pic.twitter.com/hV7fH03gfw
— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) September 4, 2014
Goodbye to the First Lady of comedy. A very sad day for the world. Love to Joan's family and deepest respects during this difficult time.
— David Hasselhoff (@DavidHasselhoff) September 4, 2014
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) September 4, 2014
I'll miss my good friend & fellow Barnard grad Joan Rivers-Greatly admired her comedic genius. Pls remember her w/ me http://t.co/VILWl7ZGUE
— Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) September 4, 2014
RIP Joan Rivers… You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR. Thanks for making so many people laugh here on Earth. ????????
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) September 4, 2014
So saddened by the death of yet another comic genius, @Joan_Rivers.I knew her, I loved her, and I'll miss my friend. Prayers for her family.
— Kathie Lee Gifford (@KathieLGifford) September 4, 2014
Rest in peace, Joan. You were a real pioneer. Love to @MelRivers and her grandson & all her friends and family.
— Busy Philipps (@Busyphilipps25) September 4, 2014
I am so sorry at the passing of Joan Rivers. She was a friend. She inspired me. She made me laugh since I was a kid, and I loved her so much
— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) September 4, 2014
Joan, I ?? you forever. You'll keep me laughing & inspired. Love to your family. Xox????????, your "Ranger" Xox???????? pic.twitter.com/UQyoAuIjWa
— Betsey Johnson (@xoBetseyJohnson) September 4, 2014
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