Joan Rivers has died, her Fashion Police co-host Kelly Osbourne, who thought of the comedian as her "grandma," is in the hospital with pneumonia.As news circulates that
The 29-year-old lavender-haired fashion critic posted a photo of herself in a hospital bed on Thursday — just one hour before news broke that the 81-year-old comedy icon died. Osbourne wrote, "When you have a cough go to the doctor or you will end up like me! #Pneumonia."
After hearing the news, Osbourne posted a heartfelt tribute to Rivers.
"I'm completely heartbroken by the loss of my beloved Joan," she said. "Not only was she my boss, she was and will always be my teacher, therapist, closest friend, inspiration and the only grandmother I ever knew. She was family and I will never forget her. Laughter will be difficult for a while but when I'm sad, lonely or upset all I will have to do is think of Joan and a smile will cross my face. Laughter is what she gave us and laughter is what she would want us to do in remembrance of her. Melissa and Cooper, my thoughts are with you and I love you both so much. Joan, thank you for taking me in and loving me as a daughter. I will miss you deeply and will always hear your voice in my head saying 'my darling get out there and be you!'"
The last week has been a rough one for Osbourne, who has been hurting for her "beloved Joan." After Rivers went into cardiac arrest on Aug. 28 during a routine, outpatient throat surgery, Osbourne described herself as "inconsolable."
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"4 the first time in years I got down on my knees & prayed tonight!" she wrote on Twitter last Friday. "I encourage U 2 do the same 4 @Joan_Rivers my grandma! #inconsolable."
Melissa Rivers, Joan's only daughter, announced on Thursday that her mother passed away after being removed from life support.
"She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends," Melissa said in a statement. "My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother. Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated."
She ended by adding, "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon."
We know that Kelly isn't laughing today — for multiple reasons — but we hope she gets better soon and takes Melissa's words to heart.