Comedy legend Joan Rivers succumbed to complications from the disastrous throat surgery she received at an outpatient clinic that sent her into cardiac arrest and brain trauma from which she never recovered. She was 81 years old.
Rivers was a talk-show host, actress and red-carpet critic with a scorching tongue who rose to the top of comedy’s landscape by dissecting anyone and everyone and. She died Thursday in New York following complications from a medical procedure that went very wrong.
Rivers first attained national fame when she made her debut on the “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson ” in 1965. So successful were her stints on her mentor Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show” that she was frequently tagged to be the guest host in Carson’s absence.
However, when the caustic comedian signed on for the “The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers” on Fox in 1986. Carson never spoke to her again.
When he left the her late night talk show, Rivers soon became a permanent fixture on TV after that, most famously as a critic of celebrity fashion on the TV show “Fashion Police.”
Her reign on the red carpet began in the 1990s, when she started working for the E! Network, attending award shows to comment on the hits and misses of celebrities on the red carpet. She was currently hosting “Fashion Police” on the network at the time of her death.