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Under the Knife: Joan Rivers Plastic Surgery, and the Death of an Icon

Joan Rivers Plastic Surgery

A few years ago, the Daily Telegraph ran a story about Joan Rivers’ plastic surgery binge over the course of her life until that point. In the story, they claimed that at the age of 78, she had been through 739 cosmetic procedures. In a later interview with Anderson Cooper, she assured him it isn’t quite that high, but she’s had many surgeries over the years.

“Every weekend I just go in and I do something new. I get a 10th one free. It’s a little like coffee you just keep going,” she said in her interview with the Daily Telegraph. Her daughter Melissa Rivers, back then was public about her opinions that going under the knife so frequently was bad for her mother’s health, especially given her age.

In response to this, Joan told the Huffington Post “I don’t give a damn what people think. If you don’t like my opinion, too bad. That’s the only good thing about age.” No one can deny that Joan had a spark about her, and a personality that was one in a million. Her infatuation with plastic surgery began in 1965 with an eye lift that she had in an attempt to “further her career.”

That’s how it begins, isn’t it? In this world, you can be the best person on Earth, but if you’re not gorgeous, it doesn’t mean anything. She started with a simple procedure to further her career, and fell headlong into a lifetime of constant surgeries that culminated in a final, optional procedure that would be her last.

Death Is Like Plastic Surgery

While celebrity plastic surgery has been running rampant for some time, Joan Rivers plastic surgery was a set of words that has always gone together. Rivers was very candid on the subject of death in her interviews and seemed to be unafraid of complications or problems that could arise from her constant going under the knife.

Joan Rivers Plastic Surgery Before and After Photos

“I don’t fear it. With plastic surgery the general anesthetic is like a black-velvety sleep, and that’s what death is—without waking up to someone clapping and going, ‘Joan, wake up, it’s all over and you’re looking pretty’.” Joan said this in an interview with the Daily Beast in 2010. (Like Elizabeth Taylor and Kris Jenner)

This year, 2014, has seen the loss of a comedian, a star, and an icon for people everywhere. Joan Rivers downfall began on August 28th when she experienced complications and stopped breathing during a voluntary procedure on her vocal cords. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and placed in a medically induced coma after she supposedly suffered cardiac arrest. The details remain hazy, although it was confirmed on August 30th that she was placed on life support. The last update before news of her death was on September 3rd, when her daughter Melissa issued a statement that her mother had been moved into a private room.

While it’s hard to speculate exactly what happened in those final moments, it is hard to deny that  Joan Rivers’ plastic surgery obsession played a key role in this tragedy. She always knew there would be a day when something would go wrong, more so with her growing age. Even so, she was very adamant in her interview from 2010 about what she would prefer in this scenario:

“I think about death constantly, you do at this age. Everything is fine and moving but at what point will it all be over? I’ll kill myself if the doctor says my condition is terminal. I would not want to live if I could not perform. It’s in my will. I am not to be revived unless I can do an hour of stand-up.”

Only time will tell what truly happened, or maybe not. Maybe she wouldn’t want us to know. After all, she only wanted to make the world laugh, and not cry. She will truly be missed.