joan rivers

The world is in mourning yet again as another comedic genius sadly passes away. Legendary entertainer, Joan Rivers, 81, has died a week after a routine operation left her in a coma.

Joan Rivers has been at the pinnacle of the US show business industry for five decades with her most recent and popular stint as the acid tongued presenter on Fashion Police.

Her only daughter, Melissa Rivers, 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.”

The comedienne died after suffering from a heart attack during a routine operation on her vocal cords, on August 28. She was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital and was moved from its intensive care unit into a private room. She never regained consciousness.

Joan, who was equally as renowned for her love for plastic surgery as she was her quick witted jokes, started her career in the 195os, working the comedy clubs of New York. By the 1970s she had appeared in the The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show and her reputation started to bloom. In the 1980s she released a best-selling comedy album, What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? The album reached No. 22 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.

She is considered one of the industry’s most successful women – as well as a comedian she was also an actress – winning Emmy and Tony awards, as well as  being a regular host for the Academy Awards.

Here are some of her best jokes:

“I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die, they will donate my body to Tupperware.”

“My breasts are so low, now I can have a mammogram and a pedicure at the same time.”

“I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys were a toaster and a radio.”

“My earliest childhood memory was watching my parents loosen the wheels on my stroller.”

“Most babies are not actually attractive … (They’re) kind of like Renee Zellweger pushed up against a glass window.”

“Grandchildren can be so f***ing annoying. How many times can you go, ‘And the cow goes moo and the pig goes oink’? It’s like talking to a supermodel.”

“I like colonic irrigation because sometimes you find old jewellery.”

Madonna is so hairy. When she lifted her arm, I thought it was Tina Turner in her armpit.”

“Elizabeth Taylor was so fat that whenever she went to London in a red dress, 30 passengers would try to board her.”

“You want to get Cindy Crawford confused? Ask her to spell ‘mum’ backwards.”