Joan Rivers (Trae Patton TurnerEnt)

Comedian Joan Rivers died in a New York hospital Thursday afternoon.

Her daughter Melissa Rivers released a statement:

"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. 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."