Joan Rivers died "peacefully" this afternoon surrounded by family and close friends, her daughter Melissa has said in a statement.
She said her mother's "greatest joy in life was to make people laugh", adding: "Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon."
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.
Here are 10 of the sharpest one-liners from Joan Rivers, who has died aged 81.
Stars have paid tribute to comedian Joan Rivers as fans lay flowers on her Walk of Fame star and comedy venues show their respect.
A pioneer in the world of comedy, Joan Rivers carved a career with her tenacity and an acid tongue that spared no-one - including herself.