Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

Comedian Joan Rivers has died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, according to her daughter, Melissa Rivers.

She was 81.

"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers," Melissa Rivers said in a prepared statement. "She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends."

Watch Lester Holt's report here.


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