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Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor's office following a routine procedure. Daughter Melissa Rivers said she died surrounded by family and close friends.

Rivers - who opened her routine with the trademark "Can we talk?" - never mellowed during a decades-long career. She moved from longtime targets such as Elizabeth Taylor, whom she famously ridiculed as fat, to new faces, and continued to appear in clubs and on TV into her 80s.

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Trailblazer

A true trailblazer for female comedians. One of the few people who could be "politically incorrect" (God, I hate that term) and, due to her own self deprecating sense of humor, have everyone laugh.

Joan Rivers

Rest in peace Joan Rivers. I cannot speak for others, but I found her humor to be funny, and from what I observed she really seemed to love her daughter and grandson. She reminds me of Don Rickles...humor that bites, but in reality very kind natured...I believe Joan was the same. I wish her family peace.