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The American comedian and actress died at age 81, one week after suffering cardiac arrest following a throat procedure in Manhattan. The star was best-known for making harsh jokes, especially about poorly-dressed celebrities on Hollywood red carpets.

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This April 12, 1965 file photo shows Joan Rivers in Los Angeles.

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Joan Rivers in Toronto, March 9, 1978. Originally published March 11, 1978.

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Joan Rivers becomes the sole guest host of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" between Sept. 1983 and October 1984. Photo taken in August 1983.

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In this Oct. 30, 1986 file photo, talk show host Joan Rivers, right, talks with guest, first lady Nancy Reagan, during her appearance on "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers," in Los Angeles.

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In this Aug. 15, 1989 file photo ,Joan Rivers announces that she is starting a new syndicated talk show, "The Joan Rivers Show," in Los Angeles.

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Joan Rivers performs at CBC’s Just For Laughs on Jan. 30, 2009.

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Host Joan Rivers, centre, co-executive producer Melissa Rivers, left 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.

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In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 photo provided by NBC, Joan Rivers appears with Jimmy Fallon during his debut on "The Tonight Show" in New York.

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In this April 22, 2013 file photo, television personalities Joan Rivers, left, and daughter Melissa Rivers attend the 2013 Matrix New York.

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Comedian Joan Rivers speaks to reporters at the awards ceremony for the 11th Annual Mark Twain Prize on November 10, 2008 in Washington, DC.

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