There was nobody like Joan Rivers and there won't be again. Simple as that.

The pioneering entertainer, who helped change the landscape for female comedians and proved every day that you're never too old to keep doing what you love, died today at 81 after being taken off life support. She had been hospitalized since she stopped breathing during an endoscopic procedure on Aug. 28.

Time and again, she was asked if she ever thought about packing it in. And time and again, she said no way.

"I feel I'm still fighting the world," Rivers told E! News' Jason Kennedy earlier this summer when asked if she felt that, at her stage of the game, whether she had conquered the world.

"I feel nothing has softened. Every day you get up and go to battle—and that's wonderful. And everything is still working, that I can pick up my sword [is a wonderful thing]."

Asked if she worked every day, she nodded.

"Every day," Rivers agreed. "And when I‘m on vacation I get very antsy because I always say to myself , when I get into bed at night, I say, ‘What did I do today to help my career? What did I do today to work on my career?' I love what I do, but I also know, you must do it."

Joan Rivers

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Kennedy then asked, "Does the word retirement scare you?"

Watch the clip above and hear what the inimitable Joan Rivers had to say about why retirement never crossed her mind.

Also, watch Joan get emotional and still be as funny hilarious as always in this flashback clip accepting her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1987:

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