LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Pioneering comedian Joan Rivers died on Thursday after going into cardiac arrest during a medical procedure, and Hollywood quickly took to social media to pay their condolences.
"She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends," her daughter, Melissa, said in a statement. "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."
Ryan Seacrest, who worked with Rivers at E!, issued the following statement on her death: "Joan was a trailblazer in so many ways, and I greatly admired her talent and humor. She was a colleague and friend, as we worked together on E!, and she was also a treasured guest on my radio show many times. Regardless of the forum, Joan was full of funny, witty surprises and she had so much spirit. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Melissa and her family."
Kelly Ripa also released a statement in her memory: "Joan Rivers was a pioneer in the entertainment industry. Fearless, tireless, and brilliantly funny. I will forever look up to Joan. She was a true friend. My thoughts and prayers are with her family."
Comedians, especially, tweeted their appreciation, including Kathy Griffin, Sarah Silverman and Ellen DeGeneres. See below an updated list of the tweets from those in Hollywood remembering Rivers:
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) 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
RIP the mighty Joan Rivers. Funny & fearless. Truly one of a kind.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 4, 2014
NOOOOOOOO.......... RIP Joan. You will be forever missed.
— Kelly Ripa (@KellyRipa) September 4, 2014
Heaven just got a whole lot funnier. #RIPJoan
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) September 4, 2014
Joan Rivers @Joan_Rivers was an amazing woman and a great friend. Her energy and talent were boundless. She will be greatly missed.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2014
Goodbye, Joan. You deserved a louder death. #RIPJoanRivers
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 4, 2014
So sad about Joan Rivers. Felt lucky to see her live once at the West Bank Cafe. So funny. So gracious. Just funny in her bones. #JoanRivers
— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) 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
“I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.” RIP Joan Rivers pic.twitter.com/rZXoFDzRZN
— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) September 4, 2014
We will miss you @Joan_Rivers. What you did in your life was absolutely remarkable. Your rep for kindness to everyone was completely true
— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) September 4, 2014
— Bret Michaels (@bretmichaels) September 4, 2014
— The Comedy Store (@TheComedyStore) 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
— Jenna Mourey/Marbles (@Jenna_Marbles) September 4, 2014
I'm sure Joan Rivers would love every sick joke that's being made about her passing. Never met her, but spent my lifetime inspired by her.
— Doug Benson (@DougBenson) September 4, 2014
Rest In Peace Joan Rivers. thoughts and prayers to her family and those who knew her. She was one of a kind. She will be missed
— Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) September 4, 2014
Joan Rivers. What an extraordinary life. Changed comedy. She will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for Melissa and Cooper. God bless them all
— Al Roker (@alroker) September 4, 2014
Joan Rivers was the first female comedian I was aware of as a child. Thanks for showing us it can be done.
— Sara Schaefer (@saraschaefer1) September 4, 2014