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Groundbreaking Comedienne Joan Rivers Has Died

Joan Rivers officiating gay wedding in NYC

Joan Rivers Officiating A Wedding Earlier This Year In NYC.

It is with heavy heart that we share the news that groundbreaking comedienne Joan Rivers has passed away. She was 81.

UPDATE- From Joan Rivers’ Facebook Page

“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.” – Melissa Rivers



The AP is reporting that Joan has died following complications that occurred during a routine throat surgery last week. Joan was kept in a medically induced coma following going into cardiac arrest during the procedure and also stopped breathing.  Apparently, she remained on life support until today.   Her daughter, Melissa, decided to let her mother die peacefully after taking her off life support earlier today.

Joan was a true pioneer for women in comedy, often filing in to guest host the Tonight Show and then hosting her own late night TV talk show DECADES before the likes of Chelsea Handler.

In addition to her often outrageous standup, Rivers was a genius when it came to marketing, both herself and her jewelry on the Home Shopping Network. She was also an early ally of the LGBT community, inviting drag queens onto her 1980s daytime talk show. More recently, she officiated over two same-sex weddings in New York this year. (New Now Next)

In regards to the wedding New Now Next mentioned, Joan posted this on her Instagram -

Some of you might remember the impromptu wedding I performed for Joe Aiello and Jed Ryan at my book signing at Barnes & Noble in July. Since it was totally unplanned, Joe and Jed didn’t have a marriage license on them. They’ve since gotten one, and asked me to marry them again, this time “for real.” So we did it! On Friday, August 15th, 2014 at the Plaza Athenee hotel in New York City, Joseph Aiello officially married William (Jed) Ryan. The ceremony was attended by family and friends, with a wonderful reception following. I’m so thrilled and honored to have been a part of it! Congratulations, Joe and Jed! #JoeAndJed #Wedding

We here at Busy Bee Blogger cannot imagine pop culture without her now.  She was biting, and no holds barred, all cards on the table and we loved every moment of it.  You always knew what Joan was thinking and I would much rather have it that way than to have someone who put on a mask their entire life never taking a stand.

Our hearts and prayers are with her family now.

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Joan Rivers Taken Out of a Coma?

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It has been quite the traumatic week for Joan Rivers and her family. During a surgery on her throat, the comedienne went into cardiac arrest, and reportedly also stopped breathing. Her daughter, Melissa, rushed to be by her side in the hospital. Since then, Melissa has been updating Joan’s fans via social media on her status. The latest update made it sound like Joan had been taken out of her medically induced coma.

RELATED: Joan Rivers In Critical Condition After Surgery!

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“My mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable. Thank you for your continued support.” – Melissa Rivers 9/3/2014

This may or may not mean that Joan is still on life support, or that her condition is any better.  She had been placed in a medically induced coma following her cardiac incident during throat surgery.

I really cannot imagine celebrity gossip without Joan Rivers.  She was a TRUE trail blazer for women comedians, and even me, a woman blogger that dabbles in the celebrity gossip world. She started the whole “Who are you wearing?” on the red carpet!   You may not agree with her, but she really is amazing and we send our prayers to her, her family and her doctors.

Get better Joan.

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We’re in Palm Springs!

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Hi Kiddos. We hit the road this weekend for one last summer fling. This time, we headed off to the desert oasis of Palm Springs!

Want to keep track of what we are up to here? BusyBeeBlogger is regularly posting on Instagram, Twitter and occasionally Vine.

We have already spent most of our time going off of the main strip hiking in the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. We took the Palm Springs Aerial Tram again, but this time there was no snow.

RELATED – SoCal Day Trip – Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

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Cure for the Boring Brown Bag Lunch – Mason Jar Salads

mason jar salad pomegranate and pear

Kids aren’t the only ones that are getting brown bag lunches now that it is back to school. If you are trying to save money, or just like to keep track of what you eat, bringing your own lunch is the best way to go. But does it always have to be a sandwich, an apple and a drink? Um NO!

I have the cure of the boring brown bag lunch. The new cook book Mason Jar Salads and More: 50 Layered Lunches to Grab and Go by Julia Mirabella, is FULL of delicious and fun new salads that you can bring to work, or on a day trip. And what is more fun than a lunch in a mason jar? These are much more than just lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers with dressing. I have two of my favorite recipes, Pomegranate and Pear Salad and a Spinach, Radish and Quinoa salad, just for my readers to brighten up your daily lunch break.

Don’t be afraid of adding fruit or grains to your salads. I do this all the time with leftovers in my fridge and it adds a lot of texture and great flavor to my lunches. YUM!



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Joan Rivers In Critical Condition After Surgery!

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Oh dear! Comedienne and long time red carpet critic, Joan Rivers, had a brush with death last night.

During a surgery on her vocal chords, not plastic surgery, Joan stopped breathing and her heart stopped!

According to TMZ -

Joan Rivers was rushed to a hospital in New York City moments ago … after she stopped breathing during a surgery on her throat … TMZ has learned.

We’re told Rivers was undergoing the throat procedure in a clinic (specifically on her vocal chords) … when she stopped breathing during the surgery.

Sources say 81-year-old Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital in New York.

Come on now Joan, you can’t leave us all yet! Joan is way too up front, and has much more fire to spit at “starlets” on the red carpet to leave us now.

Our prayers are with her and her family. We’re pulling for you Joan.

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