Legendary comedian and talk show host Joan Rivers has left the world with a little less laughter today -- the feisty television mainstay known for her hilarious candor and dizzyingly quick wit has sadly passed away at the age of 81, following complications during a surgical procedure.

Rivers, a celebrated longtime standup and the host of E! network's 'Fashion Police,' was in serious condition after going into cardiac arrest following a procedure on her vocal cords earlier this week. Her daughter and frequent fellow commentator Melissa has released the following statement:

Rivers rose to prominence as a comedian with her fiery and brash sets, often using the phrase, "Can we talk?" Nothing was ever off-limits for the comedian, who went on to occasionally host 'The Tonight Show.' She was utterly fearless and unapologetic -- invaluable traits in a male-dominated industry, and although her comedy sometimes offended, she used that brassy humor to her advantage, particularly as a fashion commentator at red carpet events and hosting 'Fashion Police.'

In recent years, Rivers was the subject of the 2010 documentary 'A Piece of Work,' and guest-starred on Louis C.K.'s hit FX series 'Louie.'

In a year when we've also lost the wonderful Elaine Stritch, Rivers' death feels especially tough. Two unapologetic, classy, hilarious and totally legendary comedians who serve as true inspirations and role models to not just all women -- but all people. Joan Rivers was indeed a real incomparable piece of work, and a voice that will be missed.