Joan Rivers Leaves a Lifelong Legacy

Posted on October 7, 2014 by

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By David Shankbone, Copyright 2010

By David Shankbone, Copyright 2010

On 4 September 2014, comedian Joan Rivers died. Rivers was born on 8 June 1933 in New York.

Her career started as a stand-up comic in the 60s. People loved Joan and her sense of humor. Rivers was always interested in performing. In 1965, she premiered on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.

“You’re going to be a star,” Carson told Rivers at the time.

In 1968, Joan Rivers starred in her own show called “That Show.” It only lasted one year.  Then, in 1986, she had another showed called “The Late Show,” which lasted about two years.

On 28 August 2014, just 12 hours after doing stand-up, Joan was going into surgery for her vocal cords. At the New York medical clinic in the middle of the surgery, Rivers stopped breathing, and doctor’s immediately called 911. She went into cardiac arrest and then was placed into a medically-induced coma from there.

Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, received the news and flew down to New York as fast as possible. Unfortunately, Rivers was pronounced dead on 4 September, after spending one week in the hospital.

“She died peacefully,” her daughter told the media.

“It was sad, but didn’t affect me much,” sophomore Hannah Solivan said.

Mr. John Hindman, security guard at the high school, met Rivers in 1986 at the Resorts International Casino in Atlantic City.

“It’s a shame that the procedure did not go as planned.  It should have been safe. What a good comedian she was,” Hindman said.

“She was an obnoxious comedian; however, she did great things and gave great opportunities for female comedians,” history teacher Mr. Todd Weiss said.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what went wrong in the surgery. They are investigating the doctor to whom Joan Rivers went for the surgery.  This doctor has since resigned.

Fashion Police was a very popular show on the network E! since 2009. Rancic and Rivers worked on the show along with cohosts Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos. They are not sure whether the show will continue or not without Rivers. Fans of the show are devastated and will miss Rivers’ sarcastic comments.

Rivers’ funeral took place on 7 September 2014 at New York’s Temple Eman-El. Many celebrities came to show respect. Joan was one to always make people laugh.

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