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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

 

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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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1970s Pinup Queen Farrah Fawcett Anniversary

farrah fawcett in her red swimsuit poster

1970s pinup queen, and not so dumb blond actress, Farrah Fawcett died five years ago this morning. Farrah, who was best known for her part on Charlie’s Angels, passed away due to cancer.

Since I like a good pinup queen, I love the story behind this famous print. She was one smart cookie -

To promote her instant celebrity in Charlie’s Angels, a Cleveland poster company arranged to shoot Fawcett in a bikini at her house in 1976. As Rubenstein explained, “She wasn’t comfortable so exposed, so she pulled this red one-piece from her closet. The company hated the pic, but Farrah had final approval (and retained photo rights). Smart girl: The poster sold over 12 million copies and is still for sale today.” [InStyle]

Still selling copies after 12 million have already been sold!  And she owned the rights up to the end.  Not so dumb, now was she?

 

 

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Rue McClanahan has passed away

SCREW YOU ANGEL OF DEATH! The incomparable Rue McClanahan has passed away. She was surrounded by family.

“She passed away at 1 a.m. this morning,” her manager, Barbara Lawrence, tells PEOPLE. She had a massive stroke.”

Lawrence added that at the time of her death Thursday, McClanahan “had her family with her. She went in peace.”

I’m going to turn on Oxygen and the Hallmark channel and OD on Golden Girls today. I miss you already Rue.

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Britney Murphy's Widower Wanted To Be Buried Next To Her

Just five months since her death, Brittany Murphy‘s husband, Simon Monjack, died in the home they shared together. And it looks like they will be spending eternity together as well. People close to the family are saying that Simon wanted to be buried next to Murphy.

“That was definitely his wish,” says spokesman Roger Neal. “It’s safe to say that wish will be fulfilled.” [People]

Simon was found dead of an apparent heart attack by Brittany’s mother, Sharon Murphy. It was Sharon that also found her daughter in the shower the day she died. That poor woman.

Simon Monjack is to be buried in a private ceremony today (May 27) at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

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