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As soon as word spread that the legendary Joan Rivers had died Thursday, fellow comedians and celebrities swiftly took to social media to mourn the comedy icon.
As tributes and memories and reflections continue to roll in, here are a few of the responses to Rivers’ death:
Ryan Seacrest, in a statement: “Joan was a trailblazer in so many ways, and I greatly admired her talent and humor. She was a colleague and friend, as we worked together on E!, and she was also a treasured guest on my radio show many times. Regardless of the forum, Joan was full of funny, witty surprises and she had so much spirit. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Melissa and her family.”
Louis CK, in a statement: “I feel very lucky that I knew Joan Rivers and I feel very sad that she’s gone. She was a great comedian and a wonderful person. I never saw someone attack a stage with so much energy. She was a controlled lightning bolt. She was a prolific and unpredictable, joyful joke writer. She loved comedy. She loved the audience. She was a great actress and should have done that more. She loved living and working. She was kind. She was real. She was brave. She was funny and you just wanted to be around her. I looked up to her. I learned from her. I loved her. I liked her. And I already miss her very much. It really fucking sucks that she had to die all of a sudden.”
Amy Schumer, in a statement: “Joan was hilarious and relevant all the way to the end. She inspired every comic I know and we will carry her with us and quote her jokes forever. When I met her at the premiere of her movie, “A Piece of Work” she was so kind and wanted to make sure all the comics were going to stay so we could all hang out together. I thought that was so cool. Such a pro, such a hard worker. This was a huge loss for us all.”
Tyler Oakley, in a statement: “Whether you loved her or hated her, you can’t deny Joan Rivers’ impact on comedy as we know it. To me personally, she was kind, present, and genuinely interested in hearing my story. Her energy was electric and her presence was unmatched. She was unapologetically herself, yet always evolving. If her work ethic on Earth is any indication, she’ll have absolutely no interest in resting in peace – and I love her for that.”