RIP Joan Rivers

by Rachel Baker on September 5, 2014

Here’s a tribute to Joan Rivers by Vice Weekend Editor, Mitchell Sunderland. In some ways, its a very callus tribute, but in a completely understandably way, its also a wonderful honest reflection of Ms. Rivers’ span of work.

RIP Joan Rivers.

Joan Rivers died on me—literally.

I’ve loved Rivers since I first saw her on Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List in 2007, the same year Britney Spears shaved her head and Lindsay Lohan posed for her first mugshot. Rivers lacked decorum, which is a fancy way to say she believed in cursing in public. For years, I’ve wanted to interview Rivers, and a few weeks ago, I learned I finally would speak to the grand dame herself. In between making fun of Fashion Week guests’ hideous outfits on Fashion Police, she would have sat down for an interview with me.

But then she stopped breathing during surgery on August 28 and died a week later on September 4 in New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital. She was 81.

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