Legendary comedian Joan Rivers passed away Thursday, September 4, at the age of 81, leaving Hollywood in mourning.
"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," her daughter Melissa Rivers confirmed in a statement. "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."
Here's a sampling of the massive celebrity response to the passing of the comedy legend.
"[She was] obviously a hugely influential gal," Robert Downey Jr. said at the premiere of The Judge at the Toronto Film Festival. "Our thoughts are with her family."
"I was just simply fond of her," Sarah Jessica Parker told ET at Gareth Pugh featured at Lexus Design Disrupted, which kicked off New York Fashion Week on Thursday. "And though she had experienced more years than some of us, I still felt that there was so much life."
More stars spoke to ET at the Ping Pong 4 Purpose event benefiting Kershaw's Challenge, a Christian organization that focuses on helping people in need.
Joan Rivers will always be a pioneer. She paved the way for a lot of comedians. I’m very sad she’s gone. pic.twitter.com/i1uE9fyHMh— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 4, 2014
My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan 😢— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) September 4, 2014
Love Her or Hate Her, we're gonna Miss JOAN RIVERS! I always Respected her go for broke humor. One of a kind.R.I.P.— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) September 4, 2014
Joan Rivers has died. What a sad ending to a brilliant and tragi-comic life; one of the bravest, and funniest of all.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) September 4, 2014
We will miss you @Joan_Rivers. What you did in your life was absolutely remarkable. Your rep for kindness to everyone was completely true— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) September 4, 2014
And in addition to being a trailblazer the great Joan always smelled good.Thanks for taking my challenge. I still owe you one. RIP x,sj— Sarah Jessica Parker (@SJP) September 4, 2014
RIP Joan Rivers. Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed.— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) September 4, 2014
.@Joan_Rivers was a dear & wonderful friend who I've known for 45yrs. Great guest, pal, comedian & mother. We will never see her likes again— Larry King (@kingsthings) September 4, 2014
we lost a great one in @Joan_Rivers - she was funny all the way to the end— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 4, 2014
I am saddened to learn of the passing of @Joan_Rivers. A comedic legend. Thoughts going out to Melissa and her family.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) September 4, 2014
It was Joan Rivers that put me on the TONIGHT SHOW first! And it was HER Apprentice victory, that motivated me to give it one hundred! #icon— Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) September 4, 2014
To make people laugh is a talent. To make the world laugh is a gift. Thoughts & prayers are with Joan Rivers' family. She was one of a kind.— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) September 4, 2014
Watching Joan Rivers do standup at age 81 was incredible: athletic, jaw-dropping, terrifying, essential. It never stopped. Neither will she.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 4, 2014
Rest In Peace to the amazing Joan Rivers. very very sad news pic.twitter.com/pU1KcbPnFP— Kendall Jenner (@KendallJenner) September 4, 2014
Andy Cohen: "I love this ballsy, funny, generous, shrewd, unpredictable and loyal woman. I grew up in awe of her as she filled in for Carson and pinched myself when I co-starred in a pilot with her for Bravo in '06. She went on to appear on WWHL many times, showing up in the middle of the night with a great attitude and a slew of new jokes. And this summer Michael Rourke and I developed a show with her, starring her, that we were in the middle of pitching networks. She was so indomitable we all thought she would live forever. Joan was a trailblazer and an indelible part of pop culture."
Rosie O'Donnell: "At opening night of A CHORUS LINE - 2006 - she as usual made fun of my "lesbian challenged black tie" - xxxx - thank u Joanie!!"
Ariana Grande: "rip Joan Rivers :'( the MOST fabulous and hilarious. Frankie and I saw her live and met her multiple times together, we loved her so so much. Heartbreaking. Rest in peace Joan, u will be so missed!!"
Joan Rivers @Joan_Rivers was an amazing woman and a great friend. Her energy and talent were boundless. She will be greatly missed.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2014
She was trailblazing. Hysterical. Thoughtful. We’ll miss you immensely Joan.— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) September 4, 2014
RIP to the funniest, most hardworking lady in the biz. You will be missed @Joan_Rivers!— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) September 4, 2014
I loved Joan Rivers. A trailblazing funny lady. Have fun up there. #RIPJoan— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) September 4, 2014
What's the point of wearing all these dumb costumes if Joan's not here to rip them apart 😔 RIP Joan Rivers. You are a one of a one.— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) September 4, 2014
Joan Rivers!!! Oh Noooo!!!— Queen Latifah (@IAMQUEENLATIFAH) September 4, 2014
We'd fuss but love was there. Cant believe ur gone. Love to your family. You were iconic and trailblazing. RIP Joan pic.twitter.com/hV7fH03gfw— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) September 4, 2014
So sorry to hear the news about Joan Rivers. She was one of a kind. My heart goes out to Melissa and Cooper.— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) September 4, 2014
RIP Joan Rivers. Fearless & amazing. Here's a clip from her great documentary where she DESTROYS a heckler: http://t.co/mO0u25Y6HN— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) September 4, 2014
The day I was ridiculed by Joan Rivers for the way I looked was the day I felt like i made it in hollywood. RIP— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) September 4, 2014
Goodbye, Joan. You deserved a louder death. #RIPJoanRivers— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 4, 2014
Rest In Peace Joan Rivers. thoughts and prayers to her family and those who knew her. She was one of a kind. She will be missed— Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) September 4, 2014
Rest in peace @Joan_Rivers. Thank you for changing my life. I will miss you so much.— George Kotsiopoulos (@GeorgeKotsi) September 4, 2014
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