Sept. 4, 2014 - Joan Rivers, the queen of comedy, has died in New York. She was 81. Rivers was undergoing surgery on her vocal cords at a clinic in New York City on Aug. 28 when she stopped breathing and had to be transported to Mount Sinai Hospital. Rivers entered show biz as a stand-up comic. She first gained fame with her appearances on ''The Tonight Show'' with Johnny Carson. Rivers recently transformed herself into a comedian fashion critic of the red carpet with the popular E! Network show, 'Fashion Police.'
PICTURED: April 30, 2012 - New York, New York, U.S. - Reality personalities 'Fashion Police' MELISSA RIVERS and JOAN RIVERS attend the E! Upfront 2012 event held at Gotham Hall.