New York  - Acerbic comedian Joan Rivers died in New York on Thursday, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during a medical procedure on her vocal cords, her daughter Melissa Rivers said.

Fellow comedians, actors and even royalty paid tribute to Rivers: - Melissa Rivers in a statement announcing her mother’s death: ‘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.’

- Statement from Britain’s Prince Charles, whose 2005 wedding Rivers attended: ‘Joan Rivers was an extraordinary woman with an original and indefatigable spirit, an unstoppable sense of humor and an enormous zest for life. She will be hugely missed and utterly irreplaceable.’