Joan Rivers, 81, dies of cardiac arrest

Joan Rivers, the controversial comedian, actress, writer and more, has passed away at 81 years of age after suffering "cardiac and respiratory arrest" during a "minor elective procedure", according to CNN.

Rivers had a long and illustrious career, in which she became a leader in a variety of things; after her stint as a writer and occasional guest/guest-host on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Rivers became the first female comedian to headline Carnegie Hall in '83, the first female to host her own late night talk show in '86, and wrote a number of books, played Vegas numerous times, wrote and directed feature films and had various stand-up shows.

She was known for her sharp and scathing wit that often cut to the bone - her detractors regularly liken her comedy to bullying, but regardless, millions were entertained by her. Most recently, she courted controversy when quoted as saying that the Palestinians in the Israel/Gaza conflict "deserve to die", though she insisted it was taken out of context. Regardless, she will be missed by many, and she has certainly left her mark.

R.I.P Joan Rivers, from all of us here at The Awesome Update.

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