Joan Rivers, the acerbic American stand-up comic and television presenter, died on September 4, 2014, a week after being rushed to a New York hospital, her family announced.

She was 81.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17 pm surrounded by family and close friends,” daughter Melissa Rivers said in a statement.

The Brooklyn-born Rivers had been at Mount Sinai Hospital since she reportedly stopped breathing during a medical procedure on her vocal cords at a private clinic on August 28, 2014.

Her daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper flew immediately from Los Angeles and kept a vigil at her bedside ever since.

“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,” Melissa Rivers said.

“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.”

And with that, let’s relive some of our favourite Joan Rivers quotes.

About skinny people and their imaginary hang ups:
“I hate thin people; ‘Oh, does the tampon make me look fat?'”

Taking a dig at the intelligence of models:
“Grandchildren can be so f-cking annoying. How many times can you go, ‘And the cow goes moo and the pig goes oink’? It’s like talking to a supermodel.”

Embracing old age:
“I now consider it a good day when I don’t step on my boobs.”

Finding the silver lining about ageing:
“My best birth control now is just to leave the lights on.”

Hamming up her worries about growing old:
“I must admit I am nervous about getting Alzheimer’s. Once it hits, I might tell my best joke and never know it.”

Taking the mickey out of her own aesthetic treatments:
“I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware.” – AFP Relaxnews