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Comedic star Joan Rivers poses for photographers as she presents "Comedy Roast with Joan Rivers" at the annual MIPCOM television programme market in Cannes, southeastern France, in this October 6, 2009, file photo. She died Thursday. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Files

Joan Rivers, queen of acid put-downs, dies at age 81

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By Bill Trott

(Reuters) - Joan Rivers, who became a comedic star with an act that was a mélange of insult, insecurity, over-the-top cattiness and a nothing-is-sacred philosophy, died on Thursday at the age of 81, her daughter Melissa Rivers said.

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