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No-holds-barred comedian Joan Rivers dies at age 81

Comedian Joan Rivers talks to reporters as she arrives for a gala honoring the late stand-up comedian George Carlin, the 11th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor recipient, at the Kennedy Center in Washington November 10, 2008.    REUTERS/Molly Riley

Comedian Joan Rivers talks to reporters as she arrives for a gala honoring the late stand-up comedian George Carlin, the 11th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor recipient, at the Kennedy Center in Washington November 10, 2008. ...more

Comedian Joan Rivers talks to reporters as she arrives for a gala honoring the late stand-up comedian George Carlin, the 11th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor recipient, at the Kennedy Center in Washington November 10, 2008. REUTERS/Molly Riley
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Comedian Joan Rivers arrives for the premiere of the documentary "Joan Rivers - A Piece Of Work" during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 25, 2010.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Comedian Joan Rivers arrives for the premiere of the documentary "Joan Rivers - A Piece Of Work" during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 25, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Comedian Joan Rivers arrives for the premiere of the documentary "Joan Rivers - A Piece Of Work" during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 25, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Comedian Joan Rivers arrives before a presentation of the Badgley Mischka Fall/Winter 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week in this February 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files

Comedian Joan Rivers arrives before a presentation of the Badgley Mischka Fall/Winter 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week in this February 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files

Comedian Joan Rivers arrives before a presentation of the Badgley Mischka Fall/Winter 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week in this February 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
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U.S. artist Joan Rivers poses for photographers as she presents "Comedy Roast with Joan Rivers" at the annual MIPCOM television programme market in Cannes, southeastern France, in this October 6, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Files

U.S. artist Joan Rivers poses for photographers as she presents "Comedy Roast with Joan Rivers" at the annual MIPCOM television programme market in Cannes, southeastern France, in this October 6, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Files

U.S. artist Joan Rivers poses for photographers as she presents "Comedy Roast with Joan Rivers" at the annual MIPCOM television programme market in Cannes, southeastern France, in this October 6, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Files
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Co-Executive producer Melissa Rivers (R), host Joan Rivers (C) and co-host Kelly Osbourne attend the E! panel for the television show "Fashion Police" during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, California, in this April 15, 2011 file photo.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files

Co-Executive producer Melissa Rivers (R), host Joan Rivers (C) and co-host Kelly Osbourne attend the E! panel for the television show "Fashion Police" during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, California, in this April...more

Co-Executive producer Melissa Rivers (R), host Joan Rivers (C) and co-host Kelly Osbourne attend the E! panel for the television show "Fashion Police" during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, California, in this April 15, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files
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