Reaction on Joan Rivers’ Death

The cause of Joan Rivers’ death will remain a mystery for a while longer. The New York City medical examiner says further tests are needed to determine what caused the comedian to go into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure at a doctor’s office last week. Rivers died yesterday — a week after she was stricken. Meanwhile, the New York State Health Department is examining the circumstances surrounding her death.

Services for Rivers will be private. Her funeral is set for Sunday at a New York synagogue. No other details were released.

There’s word on what will E! will do with “Fashion Police” — the show Rivers hosted and her daughter Melissa produced. For now, the network says it is “mourning our beloved Joan” — and will provide updates on programming decisions later.

“Joan Rivers was an extraordinary woman with an original and indefatigable spirit, an unstoppable sense of humor and an enormous zest for life. She will be hugely missed and utterly irreplaceable.” — Prince Charles in a statement.
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“I first met Joan Molinsky, that was her real name, when I was 17 years old and we were both in an off, off Broadway show called `Driftwood.’ She was a real character then and now. I am so upset by her passing. She was too young and had too much to do still.” — Barbra Streisand in a statement.
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“Joan Rivers brought laughter to millions around the world and was proud of her Jewish heritage and a vocal supporter of the state of Israel. We will miss her deeply and we send our heartfelt condolences to her family.” — Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement.
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“I’m completely heartbroken by the loss of my beloved Joan. Not only was she my boss, she was and will always be my teacher, therapist, closest friend, inspiration and the only grandmother I ever knew. She was family and I will never forget her. Laughter will be difficult for a while but when I’m sad, lonely or upset all I will have to do is think of Joan and a smile will cross my face. … I will miss you deeply and will always hear your voice in my head saying, `My darling get out there and be you!”‘ — Rivers’ fellow “Fashion Police” panelist Kelly Osbourne in a statement.
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“Here’s a woman, a real pioneer for other women looking for careers in stand-up comedy. And talk about guts – she would come out here and sit in this chair and say some things that were unbelievable, just where you would have to swallow pretty hard. But it was hilarious …. The force of her comedy was overpowering.” — Host David Letterman from the taping of Thursday’s “Late Show.”
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“Goodbye my friend Joan Rivers. You were a huge part of my professional life and you brightened up the horizon with your Chutzpah! Sad!” — Musician Boy George in a tweet. (AP)

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