Comedian Joan Rivers dies at 81 ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Photos of the legendary comedian’s life and career. Comedian Joan Rivers has died at age 81 after suffering cardiac arrest during a medical procedure in New York City on Aug. 28. The legendary entertainer was a pioneer for women in comedy. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Joan Rivers stepped out of the Red Sox dugout onto the infield of Fenway Park in July 2012 when the Boston Red Sox took on the Chicago White Sox. Ted Gartland Via Associated Press Rivers was presented with the Harvard University Hasty Pudding Theatrical club's "Woman of the Year" award at presentation ceremonies in Cambridge on Feb. 16, 1984. Associated Press Rivers (right) shared a parade ride through Harvard Square as part of the festivities connected to the naming of Rivers as "Woman of the Year" by Hasty Pudding Theatricals in 1984. At left is John Isham, a Harvard senior from Newport, R.I. Mark Lennihan/Associated Press Rivers was given a frying pan, honoring her with the “First Instant Pudding Award” at Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals on June 3, 1986. Rivers, who received the original Pudding Award in 1984, was in Cambridge to promote her book. Jeff Robbins/Associated Press Rivers, shown in her Bel Air home, told of her problems to get financial backing for her directorial effort, "Rabbit Test," in 1978. Associated Press Rivers talked about her Broadway play "Fun City" in New York City in 1971. Rivers starred in the play, which she co-wrote. Associated Press Miss America Suzette Charles spoke with Rivers, who was hosting “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” on Aug. 6, 1984. Nick Ut/Associated Press Rivers (left) welcomed actress Bo Derek as her guest on "The Tonight Show" in Burbank, Calif., in 1984, when Rivers filled in Johnny Carson's spot as the show host. Associated Press Rivers with Bob Monkhouse in London in 1985 when she appeared as a guest on “The Bob Monkhouse Show” together with pop group Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Associated PRess Rivers with Hulk Hogan in 1985. Bob Galbraith/Associated Press The first episode of “The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers” in 1986. From left: Elton John, Rivers, Cher, and Pee Wee Herman. Reed Saxon/Associated Press Rivers (right) with guest Nancy Reagan during her appearance on "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers" on Fox TV in 1986. Sunny Bak/Associated Press Rivers (right) blew out candles on a special cake with the assistance of guests Whoopi Goldberg (center) and Michael J. Fox following the taping of the 100th edition of “The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers” at Fox Television Studios in Los Angeles on March 5, 1987. Nick Ut/Associated Press Joan Rivers spoke during the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in 1986. Robert Galbraith/Associated PRess Rivers (center) with her husband, Edger Rosenberg, and daughter Melissa, leaving the Fox Broadcasting Studios in Los Angeles in 1987. Alan Greth/Associated Press Rivers gestured as she chatted with talk show host Arsenio Hall on “The Arsenio Hall Show” in Los Angeles in 1989. Malcolm Clarke/Associated Press Rivers at the Tony Awards in New York in 1990. Joe Tabacca/Associated Press Performers Tom and Roseanne Arnold matched tattoos with Rivers during taping of the "Joan Rivers Show" in 1993 in New York. Joe Tabacca/Associated Press Dolly Parton (right) with host Rivers during a taping in New York of “The Joan Rivers Show” in 1993. Parton performed hits from her album “Slow Dancing with the Moon.” Chris Haston From left: Brooke Shields as Susan Keane, Ed McMahon as himself, Kathy Griffin as Vicki Groener Rubenstein, and Joan Rivers as Edie Groener in a 1999 episode of NBC’s “Suddenly Susan.” Rivers at the 76th Annual Academy Awards in 2004. MARK J TERRILL/Associated Press Fashion commentators Melissa Rivers (left), with her mother, Joan Rivers (center), laughed it up with comedian Kathy Griffin during arrivals for the 62d annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2005. DAN STEINBERG/Associated Press Rivers performed at the "Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers" in Los Angeles in 2009. Seth Keal Rivers is shown in a scene from the 2010 film "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.” Jeff Christensen/Associated Press From left: Melissa and Joan Rivers in New York in 2011. Lloyd Bishop/NBC via Associated Press Jimmy Fallon with Rivers (right) during his "The Tonight Show" debut on Feb. 17, 2014, in New York. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Rivers officiated the gay wedding of William "Jed" Ryan (left) and Joseph Aiello at the Plaza Athenee on Aug. 15, 2014, in New York City.