Joan Rivers declared dead after Melissa Rivers gives go-ahead to remove star from life support | By NANCY DILLON , LARRY MCSHANE | 04 September 2014

Bet they're having a right laugh somewhere

Bet they’re having a right laugh somewhere

Remembering the life and career of Joan Rivers

Remembering the life and career of Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers began her career performing stand-up at comedy clubs around New York City

Joan Rivers began her career performing stand-up at comedy clubs around New York City

In 1968, Joan Rivers appeared on the popular variety television program, “Kraft Music Hall”

Already an established entertainer, Joan Rivers appeared on “Capital Tieline,” hosted by Mac McGarry

Joan Rivers married her husband producer Edgar Rosenberg in 1965

Joan Rivers married her husband producer Edgar Rosenberg in 1965

In 1983, Joan Rivers released the best-selling comedy album, “What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most,”

Joan Rivers appeared on several TV shows from 1965, including “Saturday Night Live.”

She has a long-standing friendship with Johnny Carson and appeared on his show, “The Tonight Show”

Going at it on her own: In 1986, Joan Rivers left “The Tonight show” with Johnny Carson

At age 56, Joan Rivers received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 26, 1989.

At age 56, Joan Rivers received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 26, 1989.

After her failed late night show, Joan Rivers made a successful comeback with the daytime talk show

After her failed late night show, Joan Rivers made a successful comeback with the daytime talk show

Joan Rivers and her daughter Melissa have always had a very close relationship

Joan Rivers and her daughter Melissa have always had a very close relationship

Joan Rivers was declared dead Thursday afternoon after her daughter Melissa Rivers made the heartbreaking decision to take her off life support.

She was surrounded by close family and friends, Melissa Rivers said in a statement.

The “Fashion Police” host, who was staying in a private room at the Mount Sinai Hospital, was dependent on machines to stay alive eight days after going into cardiac and respiratory arrest, sources said.

The 81-year-old star’s room was filled with flowers, and her hair and makeup had continued to be done as Melissa Rivers pondered her life-and-death choice.

Joan Rivers was “being kept comfortable” in her new room after leaving the intensive care unit Wednesday, her daughter said.

State health officials are now probing the Upper East Side clinic where Rivers became unresponsive during an Aug. 28 medical procedure.

“The State Health Department is investigating the matter,” agency spokesman James O’Hare told the Daily News Thursday.

The clinic, Yorkville Endoscopy on E. 93rd St., opened in February 2013 as a state-of-the-art surgical center started by physicians at New York Gastroenterology.

In her final days, Rivers was upgraded to a larger hospital suite “decorated by celebrity wedding planner Preston Bailey with flowers, bows, plants,” according to longtime close pal Cindy Adams.

Rivers was covered by a white faux mink blanket, while a CD of the Broadway hit “Oklahoma!” played in her room.

Adams was photographed leaving the Manhattan medical center on Monday.

Experts had said previously that Rivers’ transfer to the private room could signal the end of her fight for life.

“If she is off all life support and in a private room, and resting comfortably, it’s possible the family is waiting for nature to take its course,” an emergency medicine doctor at a prominent New York hospital said.

Rivers had been on life support since the weekend and was placed in a medical coma prior to that.

EMTs rushed the legendary comic to Mount Sinai last week after she went into cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine doctor’s visit.

“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement. “Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

New York Daily News

Menzi Kulati.

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