After several days spent in a medically-induced coma following routine throat surgery, legendary comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday at the age of 81. many of her comedian friends and admirers had been using Twitter to implore her to pull through over the last few days, but today they have come together to pay tribute to a giant of the comedy community.
Below is a running list of those words, both heartfelt and, in some case, hilarious:
Joan Rivers was a huge presence in American comedy forever. She was one of a kind and will be a great loss to all who loved humor. R.I.P.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) September 4, 2014
we lost a great one in @Joan_Rivers – she was funny all the way to the end
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 4, 2014
RIP Joan Rivers. A force of nature.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) September 4, 2014
I HATE DEATH AND I LOVE JOAN RIVERS
— Chelsea Peretti (@ChelseaVPeretti) September 4, 2014
RIP the mighty Joan Rivers. Funny & fearless. Truly one of a kind.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 4, 2014
Thank you to Joan Rivers. She have us her all and it was a true pleasure.
— jenny slate (@jennyslate) September 4, 2014
My heart is broken. Joan Rivers RIP. Gone way too soon. All my thoughts & prayers are with Melissa & her family.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) September 4, 2014
My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal… There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) September 4, 2014
So sad about Joan Rivers. Felt lucky to see her live once at the West Bank Cafe. So funny. So gracious. Just funny in her bones. #JoanRivers
— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) September 4, 2014
The main thing I felt watching Joan Rivers was her fearlessness. Its the greatest lesson I get from standup. Fuck fear. & God bless Joan.
— Jessi Klein (@jessirklein) September 4, 2014
So funny and irrepressible. Rest in peace, Joan Rivers.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) September 4, 2014
Joan Rivers will always be a pioneer. She paved the way for a lot of comedians. I’m very sad she’s gone. pic.twitter.com/i1uE9fyHMh
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 4, 2014
Thank you, Joan Rivers.
— Nikki Glaser (@NikkiGlaser) September 4, 2014
A legend, a friend, a mentor, an icon, and wildly funny. One of a kind. RIP #JoanRivers @joan_rivers pic.twitter.com/jnAC5G4AQo
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) September 4, 2014
We will miss you @Joan_Rivers. What you did in your life was absolutely remarkable. Your rep for kindness to everyone was completely true
— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) September 4, 2014
RIP GODDESS: Hail Hail, a GENIUS has vacated this realm: Joan Rivers has died.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) September 4, 2014
I loved Joan Rivers. A trailblazing funny lady. Have fun up there. #RIPJoan
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) September 4, 2014
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