See Melissa Rivers' Touching Tribute to Mom Joan Rivers On the Anniversary of Her Death

Melissa Rivers paid tribute to her mom, the late Joan Rivers, in a message shared to Twitter on Sept. 4. "I miss her dearly."

By Elyse Dupre Sep 04, 2020 5:00 PMTags

Melissa Rivers is honoring her late mom Joan Rivers.

A message from the 52-year-old star was shared on Twitter Sept. 4, which marked the sixth anniversary of her mother's death.

"It's hard to believe that my mother has been gone for six years now," Melissa wrote alongside an old photo of her with the trailblazing comedian. "Not a day goes by where I don't think about her—her words still guide me and of course make me laugh. I miss her dearly."

Joan died at the age of 81 in 2014. The news came days after the E! Fashion Police host suffered complications while undergoing a throat operation in New York. Joan was later laid to rest at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.

"My mother's greatest legacy—that's sort of the big question everybody keeps asking me," Melissa said during a July 2015 interview with AARP. "They say, 'Oh, their children are their great legacy or their grandchildren are their great legacy.' But honestly, I think my mother's legacy is laughter. You think of her and you laugh."

Celebs Remember Joan Rivers

Joan was born on June 8, 1933. During her lifetime, she brought joy to numerous audiences through her work as a comedian, an actress and a television host. She also received numerous accolades, including a Daytime Emmy, and was posthumously inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2017

To look back at her career and life in pictures, see the gallery below.


Born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in 1933, Rivers grew up in Brooklyn, New York.

Early Beginnings

Rivers got her start in show busniness in theater and comedy clubs before scoring her first gig on The Tonight Show on Feb. 17, 1965. 

Tonight Show Star

Rivers became a staple on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show through the '60s and '70s. In 1986, the pioneering female comic was given her own late night talk show, The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers.

What a Pro

While standing in for Carson, Rivers interviewed countless stars, including a very young Oprah Winfrey!

Joan's Pride and Joy

On Jan. 20, 1968, Rivers and her husband Edgar Rosenberg welcome daughter Melissa Rivers.

Loving Mother

Rivers cares for a very young Melissa in 1970.

Brave Face

Although Rivers was known for her biting humor and constant laughter, in May 1987, her life was shocked with tragedy. Rivers' husband Edgar committed suicide in Philadelphia.

Pretty in Pink

Rivers was adored by many in the comedy world, even by colorful characters like Miss Piggy.

Emmy Winner

Rivers won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1990 for her talk show.

Famous Friends

Rivers was a longtime friend of Donald Trump. She even won season eight of his show The Apprentice in 2009!

Deck the Halls

Rivers, an hysterically outspoken Jew, shares a laugh with Dolly Parton at a Christmas party in December 1988.


Rivers is pictured here with Brooke Shields at the Fourth Annual March of Dimes Gourmet Gala on Nov. 4, 1991.

Best Friends

Rivers and Melissa shared a truly spectacular bond. Here, the mom-daughter duo are each other's red carpet dates at the Oscars

Passion for Fashion

Rivers was outspoken about her love of fashion. Here, Rivers poses with Michael Kors at the Fifi Awards on June 5, 2001.

Stand-Up Icon

Rivers never forgot where she got her start. Even in her 80s, she performed countless stand-up comedy shows.

Feather Frenzy

Rivers makes another big fashion statement on the Emmys red carpet in 2003.

On the A-List

Even though Rivers was known for trashing the fashions of Hollywood's biggest stars, even A-list celebs like Nicole Kidman had a soft spot in their heart for the legend.

Red Carpet Ready

Rivers poses with Julie Andrews and Antonio Banderas at the New York premiere of Shrek 2.

Fashion Police Family

Rivers, along with Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos, kicked off E!'s brand new weekly Fashion Police show in Sept. 2010.

Gorgeous & Green

Rivers was a staple at the annual Global Green Oscar party.

Food Fight!

Rivers wasn't just about biting jabs and X-rated jokes. She also loved physical comedy! Here, she pulls a food fight stunt at a QVC party in Beverly Hills.

Move Over, Miley!

The constant comedian, Rivers dressed as Miley Cyrus at the VMAs for her 2013 Halloween costume!

Fierce Fashionista

Even in her 80s, Rivers was one stylish diva.

A Mother Remembered

Melissa, Rivers' only daughter, announced her mother's death on Sept 4, 2014. "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother," Melissa said. "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."


The legendary comedian passed away at the age of 81 after being put on life support following complications from a minor throat surgery.

To read more about her legacy, click here.

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