WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Joan Rivers, a colorful and at times controversial comedian and former Larchmont resident, died Thursday afternoon, according to multiple reports.
Rivers, 81, has been hospitalized since Thursday, Aug. 28 when she stopped breathing while undergoing vocal-chord surgery. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where she died. Her death was confirmed Thursday by her daughter, Melissa Rivers, according to NBC News.
Known for her, "Can we talk?" catch phrase, Rivers had a knack for cracking jokes about controversial subjects while often crossing the line when it came to panning celebrities and their wardrobes.
Rivers, whose birth name is Joan Alexandra Molinsky, came into national prominence in 1965, when she appeared on NBC-TV's "Tonight Show." A Brooklyn native, she moved with her family to Larchmont as a child.