Joan Rivers has passed away at the age of 81, "NBC News" confirms.
Rivers died at at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital on Thursday.
Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, released a statement on her official website.
"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."
There were previously false reports that Joan was being brought out of the coma over the long weekend, but her daughter, Melissa Rivers, confirmed on Tuesday that her mother remained on life support.
Melissa revealed on Wednesday that Joan had been “moved out of intensive care and into a private room.”
Our thoughts are with Joan’s family and friends at this time.