Famed for her caustic wit, Rivers has been described as “funny and fearless” by comedians and others from the world of showbiz.
Rivers was a veteran of showbusiness, with half a century working in entertainment under her belt.
She was known for her acid tongue and for undergoing plastic surgery.
In 2010 she joked: “With all the plastic surgery I’ve had I’m worried when I die, God won’t recognise me!”
Comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted: “RIP the mighty Joan Rivers. Funny & fearless. Truly one of a kind.”
RIP the mighty Joan Rivers. Funny & fearless. Truly one of a kind.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 4, 2014
British-born best-selling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford said: “It is with great sorrow that (husband) Bob and I have just heard of Joan’s passing.
“What a terrible loss to her daughter, Melissa, and her grandson, Cooper, and to all of her friends and fans. Joan was a great friend to have.
“Aside from her humour and comedic talents, she also made her friends laugh in private.”
Singer Boy George said Rivers had been a big part of his working life.
“Goodbye my friend Joan Rivers. You were a huge part of my professional life and you brightened up the horizon with your Chutzpah! Sad!”
Goodbye my friend Joan Rivers. You were a huge part of my professional life and you brightened up the horizon with your Chutzpah! Sad!— Boy George (the truth is in your breath) (@BoyGeorge) September 4, 2014
Me and Missus Joan! pic.twitter.com/YEJ2D5pbKR— Boy George (the truth is in your breath) (@BoyGeorge) September 4, 2014
Actor Hugh Jackman said: “We lost one of the true originals today. Joan Rivers. A force. You will be missed.”
We lost one of the true originals today. Joan Rivers. A force. You will be missed. Love Hugh & Deb. @Deborra_lee— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) September 4, 2014
US television host Larry King tweeted: “Joan Rivers was a dear and wonderful friend who I’ve known for 45 years. Great guest, pal, comedian & mother. We will never see her likes again.”
.@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
The comedian laid out some very specific funeral plans in her 2012 book, I Hate Everyone... Starting With Me.
She wants her funeral to be a “huge showbiz affair”, with paparazzi, a wind machine, a Valentino gown and “Meryl Streep crying in five different accents”.
The funeral takes place tomorrow at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan
-I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys were a toaster and a radio.
-I blame my mother for my poor sex life. All she told me was, ‘The man goes on top and the woman underneath’. For three years my husband and I slept in bunk beds.
-I don’t exercise. If God wanted us to bend over, he’d put diamonds on the floor.
-At my age, an affair of the heart is a bypass.
-All babies look like Renee Zellweger pushed against a glass window.
-Joan Collins told a reporter that she hadn’t had plastic surgery… she’s had more tucks than a motel bed sheet.
-She’s so fat, she’s my two best friends.
-Boy George is all England needs – another queen who can’t dress.