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World: Comedian Joan Rivers dies at the age of 81

PUBLISHED: 20:18 04 September 2014 | UPDATED: 20:18 04 September 2014

Joan Rivers on the Graham Norton Show filmed in 2012. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Joan Rivers on the Graham Norton Show filmed in 2012. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Joan Rivers has died in hospital in New York at the age of 81.

The American comedian suffered a heart attack in a doctor’s surgery last Thursday and was admitted to the Mount Sinai Hospital.

Her daughter Melissa said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers.

“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.”

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