Fashion Police Officer Down: Joan Rivers Dies

by Rachel Stewart

Comedic legend, Joan Rivers, died September 4 at the age of 81. She passed away after having complications in what was apparently a minor elective procedure at a Manhattan medical clinic.

Rivers was having a “routine surgery on her throat,” says the New York Fire Department, when she suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest. She was then transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was put in a medically-induced coma and later died. The outpatient clinic where she had the surgery is now being investigated by the New York State Department of Health, to see whether there was any malpractice by the doctors or the staff. According to the medical examiner’s office, Rivers’ autopsy was inconclusive.

Some wonder what the fate of the beloved show, “Fashion Police” will be, now that their star is gone. The Associated Press reports that the future of “Fashion Police” is still uncertain, and E! network said in a statement that they are “mourning [their] beloved Joan, and will respond at a later date with further programming updates.” Earlier Thursday, prior to the announcement of River’s death, E! network announced that “Fashion Police” would be on a two-week hiatus.

Joan Rivers is an icon in the stand-up comedic world, someone who pioneered the way for women comedians, and someone who “fought the stereotypes that women can’t be funny,” says Howard Stern while delivering her eulogy at the funeral, held on September 7. It was attended by numerous familiar faces, such as Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, Donald Trump, Kelly Osbourne, and others.

Joan revolutionized the world of comedy, surprising people with her brash humor, and her disregard of what was or wasn’t “politically correct,” all coming from a petite little woman. She became well-loved over the years by people of all generations; her contributions to comedy will never be forgotten, and neither will she.