Joan Rivers Passes Away at 81, Musicians React

Legendary actress left us after respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery.

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Legendary actress Joan Rivers passed away earlier today (September 4) following a respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery. She was 81.

Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on August 28, and ultimately spent her final days on life support in medically-induced coma.

Following the announcement, many prominent musicians of the guitar driven realm took on their Twitter profiles to express grief and condolences. You can find their posts below.

Not only was Joan a comic genius, she was an amazing woman. Thank you for always having Kelly’s back. You will always be a legend. RIP

- Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) September 4, 2014

RIP Joan Rivers. An original and an icon. Unique and always on the edge. Her career span says it all. #RIPJoanRivers

- Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) September 4, 2014



I only met Joan Rivers once but she was super cool and really nice. Really sad. #joanriversrip

- Rob Zombie (@RobZombie) September 4, 2014

Very sad news about Joan Rivers. You will be missed! #RIPJoanRivers

- Official Motörhead (@myMotorhead) September 4, 2014

RIP Joan Rivers. Thank you for making us all laugh! You are with Ronnie now. You will be missed! #RIPJoanRivers

- Official Dio (@OfficialRJDio) September 4, 2014

My deepest condolences to the family of @Joan_Rivers. She was a very funny lady and will be missed. #JoanRivers

- Bret Michaels (@bretmichaels) September 4, 2014

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    I'm sorry she died but really? When has UG become TMZ... Reporting on every event just as long as any musician is loosely connected to the story. UG is a website about music not a tabloid site... And don't get me wrong. It's not this article specifically that urked me, there's been a couple of posts like that...
    UG's done "So-and-so dies, musicians react" for quite a while now. There's worse things for them to post on slow news days.
    Today we also lost one of the 5 most influent musicians in South America, Gustavo Cerati, I personally think without being disrespectful to this woman, that news about this man could've been more appropiate to the site
    You make a post about Joan River's death but not Gustavo Cerati's? A loved argentinian rocker who basically led the Rock revolution in all Latin America alongside his band Soda Stereo? What is wrong with you UG!!
    The Disturbed singer's all caps post literally made me burst out laughing. Calm down David! I know absolutely nothing about Rivers, but she looks like a plastic surgeons plaything I mean come on that's terrible.
    Who is Tweeting from @OfficialRJDio?? WTF??
    "The Official Dio Twitter is administered by Niji Entertainment Group, the company started by Ronnie James Dio and Wendy Dio!" So basically his family run his twitter
    Musicians coming out and saying how nice she was because they met her one time in passing. Throwing around the word "genius" like it has no meaning. How would Ozzy Osbourne describe George Carlin if he wasted "genius" on someone who does fashion police. Celebrity culture is just silly.
    She seemed like a real **** from what I have read. I'm sorry she died though. I wasn't aware how popular she was in the Hollywood circuit. RIP.
    This may seem irrelvant to a lot of people but Gustavo Cerati, lead singer of Soda Stereo passed away yesterday. Now that is relevant news.He was a musical icon in the spanish rock scene
    Seriously? The woman never did anything but talk shit about every person she could conceivably talk shit about, and butchered her body year after year, and we're supposed to be surprised when it gives out? Now people are going to eulogize her like we've lost a pillar of society? Gimme a break.
    OMG she's FINALLY dead....cant wait to read all the news about the hypocrite celebs who despised her talk about how such an inspiration she was and blah blah blah...i for one, am glad that goddamn annoying b1tch is gone.
    I agree, some of you may know that people criticized how she would satirize celebs and public figures personal lives and never apologize when she came under fire from PC liberals, alot of people despised her and her comedy. But as this gentleman said, I too am awaiting all the hypocrites who will come forth and say how inspirational, pioneering, genuine, really nice when I met her, original, etc. she was. I also agree with the fellow above that said when did UG become TMZ? Regardless of musicians reacting, she has nothing to do with music. Aside from making this comment, if I wanted to read about this, I would've went to or some s***.
    She was a miserable c*nt. She was very vocal about the Israel/Hamas conflict and said that the innocent children of Palestine deserved to die. And of course David "ALL CAPS" Draiman is grieving over her loss. I say good riddance.
    Joan Rivers on the recent Israel war on Gaza: “Good. Good. When you declare war, you declare war. They started it. We now don't count who's dead. You're dead, you deserve to be dead. Don’t you dare make me feel bad about that.” “They were told to get out. They didn’t get out. You don’t get out, you are an idiot. At least the ones that were killed were the ones with low IQs.” She was a cold hearted bitch and I never found her funny. Not going to miss her. Interesting how Draiman and Stanley turned out to comment though, Jewish solidarity I suppose.