Like many people, the E! family has been left devastated after learning about the passing of one of its most beloved stars, Joan Rivers.
An insider tells Life & Style the Fashion Police crew were busy setting up in its usual spot inside the tents at Lincoln Center to kick-off New York Fashion Week today when the news broke.
All the lights, glitz and glam suddenly faded.
“We’re devastated. We’ve all been told the news and are heartbroken. It’s a huge loss for our team and the industry. It’s really just so sad,” one member told Life & Style.
But will the show at NYFW go on without its leading lady? The team has yet to make a statement, but did disperse when the tragedy hit.
"We've wrapped for the day,” the insider says. “We don't know yet what will be in store the next couple days.”
So far, George Kotsiopoulos has been the only Fashion Police co-host to issue a statement. Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne, who’s currently in the hospital for pneumonia, have yet to speak out on the loss.
Rest in peace @Joan_Rivers. Thank you for changing my life. I will miss you so much.— George Kotsiopoulos (@GeorgeKotsi) September 4, 2014
Joan passed away at the age of 81 today, Sept. 4. She had been hospitalized at Mount Sinai in NYC after she stopped breathing during an outpatient throat procedure at an upper east side clinic on Thursday, Aug. 28.
E! and NBCUniversal issued the following statement:
“E! and NBCUniversal send our deepest condolences to Melissa, Cooper [Joan's grandson] and her entire extended family on this incredibly sad day. For decades Joan has made people laugh, shattered glass ceilings and revolutionized comedy. She was unapologetic and fiercely dedicated to entertaining all of us and has left an indelible mark on the people that worked with her and on her legions of fans. She’s been a much beloved member of the E! family for over 20 years and the world is less funny without her in it. Today our hearts are heavy knowing Joan will not be bounding through the doors.”
Watch E!'s beautiful montage to the star below: