Netanyahu Mourns the Passing of Joan Rivers

"Joan Rivers brought was a vocal supporter of the State of Israel," says PM Netanyahu of the comedy icon who passed away at 81.

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent his condolences on Thursday evening over the passing of comedy icon Joan Rivers, who died earlier in the day at the age of 81.

"Joan Rivers brought laughter to millions around the world and was proud of her Jewish heritage and a vocal supporter of the State of Israel. We will miss her deeply and we send our heartfelt condolences to her family," Netanyahu said.

Rivers died on Thursday after being taken off life support, her daughter Melissa said.

The “Fashion Police” host was being treated in a private room at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital, sources told the New York Daily News, after being placed in a medically-induced coma eight days ago.

Rivers went into cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine medical procedure, and had been placed on life support.

The comedian who was known for making her opinions well-known recently made headlines when she defended Israel in a video clip during Operation Protective Edge.

“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 sad about that... You don’t get out, then you know you’re an idiot,” Rivers said, in a response to celebrity website TMZ.

The clip quickly went viral and earned her both scorn and admiration, and gained further publicity after thousands of people signed a petition to cancel Rivers' scheduled tour in Britain due to her pro-Israel stance.