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Published:September 4th, 2014 17:21 EST

Breaking News: Joan Rivers Dead at 81

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Joan Rivers, a talk-show host, actress and red-carpet critic who rose to the top of comedy`s ranks while unapologetically skewering everyone and everything she passed along the way, died Thursday in New York following complications from a medical procedure. She was 81 years old. "
Wall Street Journal
Ding dong the witch is dead Which old witch? the wicked witch ding dong the wicked witch is dead she`s gone where the goblins go below below below so we can sing so we can sing ding dong your very own sing it high sing it low ding dong the wicked witch is dead.

Lyrics from Ding Dong The Wicked Witch is Dead

My heartfelt condolences to Melissa Roberts and the surviving members of the Rivers family; I suggest they immediately stop reading this article. 
To be a successful, entertaining and incisive stand-up comic, one must be mentally unbalanced, and be gleefully willing to sacrifice a sacred cow, devour it, and spit out the remains at the audience. 
To pull off this feat with aplomb one must have a modicum of vulnerability and a measure of humility. 
Joan Rivers was certifiably bonkers and the antithesis of politically-correct, but she was totally lacking in vulnerability and didn`t possess a trace of humility. 
Her mean and vitriolic comedy landed like lead balloons on the audience, she will not be remembered fondly by civilized society. 
I hope Rivers will be reincarnated as a disabled person, maybe then she will learn to be vulnerable and humble and achieve success and likeability as a comic.