Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

Joan Rivers at the 2011 Friars Club Testimonial dinner gala at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on November 14, 2011 in New York City.

Joan Rivers at the 2011 Friars Club Testimonial dinner gala at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on November 14, 2011 in New York City.

HYANNIS – Joan Rivers, the brash comedian who first found an audience and her biggest fan in the 1960s on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, died Thursday, September 4, at age 81.

She died at New York Hospital. According to the Associated Press, word of her death comes from her daughter, Melissa Rivers.

Rivers was hospitalized last week after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor’s office.

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River performed comedy on Cape Cod this summer in Provincetown. She has performed numerous times over the years at the Melody Tent. In an interview with CapeCod.com’s Karen Blake, she said she got her Equity card early in her career after performing at the Falmouth Playhouse.

CapeCod.com interviewed Joan Rivers earlier this summer.