Melissa Rivers Pays Tribute to Joan Rivers on Anniversary of Her Death

“I’ve been amazed by the outpouring of love and overwhelming kindness we’ve received,” comedian’s daughter writes

Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers attend the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Melissa and Joan Rivers attend the NBCUniversal Cable Upfronts on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Credit: Getty Images)

Melissa Rivers paid tribute to her mother Joan Rivers on Friday, the one year anniversary of the groundbreaking comedian’s death.

“Today marks one year since my mother passed,” Melissa wrote on Joan’s Twitter page, which still has 2.8 million followers. “This was the year of firsts: first holidays, first birthdays, first everythings without mom, without grandma.

“While it’s been difficult, I’ve been amazed by the outpouring of love and overwhelming kindness we’ve received from family, friends, and people whose lives were touched by the woman they knew as Joan — a woman we all miss so very much,” she continued.

Joan was undergoing throat surgery at an outpatient clinic in New York on Aug. 28, 2014, when she stopped breathing during the procedure. She was rushed to the hospital and placed in a medically-induced coma before passing away on Sept. 4.

Rivers broke into the spotlight with a 1965 guest appearance on “The Tonight Show.” Though she would go on to frequently fill in for Johnny Carson, Rivers was banned from the late-night show after she left her permanent guest-host position to launch a competing show on Fox.

She famously hosted E!’s “Fashion Police,” on which she would criticize celebrity wardrobe choices using her razor wit and sharp tongue.