When Joan Rivers passed away at the age of 81  on Thursday, Twitter and Facebook were immediately flooded with kind words and remembrances from not only fans but also Joan's friends and fellow comedians. Joan was nothing short of an entertainment pioneer, carving a space of her own in the male-dominated field of comedy of the '60s and '70s and later launching The Late Show. She also completely re-created the red carpet experience at award shows thanks to her hilarious coverage alongside her daughter, Melissa Rivers. See how stars are remembering the iconic comedian below.
A legend, a friend, a mentor, an icon, and wildly funny. One of a kind. RIP #JoanRivers  @joan_rivers  pic.twitter.com/jnAC5G4AQo 
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) 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 
My heart is torn in half. She wasn't done. #Joan  http://t.co/XH87wAT4Mb 
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) 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 
NOOOOOOOO.......... RIP Joan. You will be forever missed.
— Kelly Ripa (@KellyRipa) 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 
Joan you were a fucking trailblazing assassin & I will love you forever & ever. Thank you.
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) September 4, 2014 
My heart goes out to Melissa & her son Edgar Cooper. Love and respect from the Osbourne family to you both.
— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) September 4, 2014 
RIP the mighty Joan Rivers. Funny & fearless. Truly one of a kind.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 4, 2014 
I'm so sad 2 hear tht Joan Rivers passed away 2day :( A pioneer in women's comedy & a survivor w a capital S! Thank U Joan 4all th laughs <3
— Fran Drescher (@frandrescher) September 4, 2014 
Heartbroken to hear about Joan Rivers. She was so kind to me, to my family, and she helped many people behind the scenes. RIP to the legend.
— Christian Siriano (@CSiriano) September 4, 2014