Oh God. We were all hoping for the best, but the worst has happened–Joan Rivers has died.
After a “routine” surgery on her vocal chords last week in her doctor’s office in Manhattan, Joan went into cardiac and respiratory arrest and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital.
Joan’s daughter, Melissa Rivers has released a statement regarding her beloved mother:
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,”
“She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. 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.
“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”
If we take a moment to truly think about the impact Joan had on women in comedy, it’s obvious there wouldn’t be a Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer, Jessica Williams…Joan fucking paved the way. You know and I know it.
Three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini has died in Italy at the age of 51 of a possible heart attack. According to HBO, he was on vacation at the time. The “Sopranos” actor appeared recently in “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.” He had been working on Fox Searchlight’s “Animal Rescue,” now in post-production, HBO show “Criminal Justice” as well as CBS show “Taxi 22.”
Gandolfini had six Emmy lead drama actor nominations as well as a Golden Globe for his work in the “Sopranos,” which ended in 2007. Among his film roles were “Mr. Wonderful,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” and “True Romance.”
He is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, a son and a baby daughter.
Wow. Even knowing about Chrissy Amphlett’s struggles with both breast cancer (2010) and MS (2007) over the majority of the early 90s, the iconic song I Touch Myself hearing the news of her passing today at age 53 is still incredibly sad and shocking.
“Unfortunately the last 18 months have been a real challenge for me having breast cancer and MS and all the new places that will take you,” she wrote.
“You become sadly a patient in a world of waiting rooms, waiting sometimes hours for a result or an appointment.
“You spend a lot time in cold machines… hospital beds, on your knees praying for miracles, operating rooms, tests after tests, looking at healthy people skip down the street like you once did and you took it all for granted and now wish you could do that.
“I have not stopped singing throughout all this in my dreams and to be once again performing and doing what I love to do.”
The Divinyls’ biggest hit was a must-see on MTV and VH1, and a must blast in the car classic and did indeed reach number one in Australia and was also a success in the U.K. and in the U.S.
You will be missed, you beautiful red-headed vixen. Rest peacefully, Chrissy…