Transcript for Joan Rivers, Comedic Legend, Dead at 81
Thursday night and we do begin with the headline that broke this afternoon. We learned Joan rivers, the Joan of comedy, has died at the age of 81. Tonight an investigation into the procedure that led to this just as tributes pour in from fellow comedians and her fans. For five decades rivers wielded her wit like a weapon, unapologetic, tireless. Her biggest break he told us, her gig on Johnny Carson and that catch phrase, can we talk. Tonight what we're hearing from her daughter and that new investigation under way and what Joan rivers told me about Johnny Carson the moment the friendship was lost. First ABC's Mara schiavocampo outside the hospital here in new York. Mara, good evening. Reporter: David, good evening. Rivers was admitted here at mount sinai hospital exactly one week ago. She remained on life support and surrounded by family and friends until the very end. Joan rivers only child broke the news this afternoon sharing that my mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although this is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon. Melissa rivers, seen here returning home this evening. Just hours before, news the new York state department of health launched an investigation into this Manhattan clinic where rivers went into cardiac arrest during a routine outpatient procedure. They're looking into the unanswered questions of just what happened. Although there has been no evidence of wrongdoing, a separate autopsy will also be conducted on rivers. Joan, right here! Reporter: Ellen DeGeneres tweeting, Joan rivers will always be a pioneer. She paved the way for a lot of comedians. I'm very sad she's gone. Fellow comedian louie C.K. Saying simply, I looked up to her. I learned from her. I loved her. Rivers' funeral is scheduled for this Sunday here in New York. No word on whether it will be public but rivers always said she wanted it to be a, quote, huge showbiz affair. I sat down with her a couple
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