Kelly Osbourne Leads Tributes To Joan Rivers
Stars pay homage to pioneering comedienne following news of her death...
Tributes have been paid to comedy legend Joan Rivers following the news of her death.
The 81-year-old had been on life support in hospital after suffering a heart attack during an operation on her vocal chords last week.
Her Fashion Police co-star Kelly Osbourne wrote a touching tribute to Rivers on Twitter, sharing a snap of her cuddling up to the acerbic comic.
— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) September 4, 2014
She wrote: "I'm completely heartbroken by the loss of my beloved Joan. Not only was she my boss, she was and will always be my teacher, therapist, closest friend, inspiration and the only grandmother I ever knew.
"She was family and I will never forget her. Laughter will be difficult for a while but when I'm sad, lonely or upset all I will have to do is think of Joan and a smile will cross my face."
And Keeping Up With The Kardashians matriarch Kris Jenner also shared a pic of herself with Rivers.
"Incredibly heartbroken...we will miss you so much," she wrote.
"Amazing Mother, Amazing Grandmother, Amazing Friend. Thank you for a lifetime of laughter. My prayers go out to Melissa and Cooper."
Incredibly heartbroken...we will miss you so much. Amazing Mother, Amazing Grandmother, Amazing… http://t.co/DRUIo7JpL5
— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) September 4, 2014
Conan O'Brien paid tribute to her on his chat show, remembering watching her filling in for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.
"When she did, it was an event. Everybody in the country would talk about it the next day," he recalled.
"People would gather in the living room. Everyone would howl with laughter. At that time she was so outrageous and her comedy — it felt so out of the bounds and people were just blown away."
While David Letterman also emphasised her pioneering role in comedy as he paid tribute on The Late Show.
"Here's a woman, a real pioneer for other women looking for careers in stand-up comedy," he said.
"And talk about guts — she would come out here and sit in this chair and say some things that were unbelievable, just where you would have to swallow pretty hard... but it was hilarious.
"The force of her comedy was overpowering."
Demi Lovato paid tribute to Rivers in the spirit that the comic would have wanted.
She tweeted: "RIP Joan Rivers... You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR. Thanks for making so many people laugh here on Earth."
And Anna Kendrick wrote a similar tribute: "RIP Joan Rivers. Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed."
While Girls creator and star Lena Dunham wrote: "Watching Joan Rivers do standup at age 81 was incredible: athletic, jaw-dropping, terrifying, essential. It never stopped. Neither will she."
RIP Joan Rivers... You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR. Thanks for making so many people laugh here on Earth.
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) September 4, 2014
RIP Joan Rivers. Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) September 4, 2014
Watching Joan Rivers do standup at age 81 was incredible: athletic, jaw-dropping, terrifying, essential. It never stopped. Neither will she.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 4, 2014
And in addition to being a trailblazer the great Joan always smelled good.Thanks for taking my challenge. I still owe you one. RIP x,sj
— Sarah Jessica Parker (@SJP) September 4, 2014
— Sarah Michelle (@RealSMG) September 4, 2014
We'd fuss but love was there. Cant believe ur gone. Love to your family. You were iconic and trailblazing. RIP Joan pic.twitter.com/hV7fH03gfw
— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) September 4, 2014
Goodbye to the First Lady of comedy. A very sad day for the world. Love to Joan's family and deepest respects during this difficult time.
— David Hasselhoff (@DavidHasselhoff) September 4, 2014