Stars react to the death of comedian Joan Rivers

Celebrities took to social media to share their reactions to news of the death of comedian Joan Rivers, who died Thursday at age 81.

The comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities touched the lives of many in show business.

Here is how the stars remembered Joan.

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Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor's office following a routine procedure. Daughter Melissa Rivers said she died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.