It is being reported that comedienne and co-host of "Fashion Police" Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81. She had recently stopped breathing and slipped into a coma following a medical procedure.

Rivers' daughter Melissa told ABC News...

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother. Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon."

Rivers had stopped breathing after a medical procedure that some are questioning, it had been reported that she was on life-support. It was also reported that she had recently been removed from Intensive Care and was improving but still sedated.

“We don’t apologize for a joke. We are comics. We are here to make you laugh. If you don’t get it, then don’t watch us.” -Joan Rivers The NY Post, June 2014.