Columnist Liz Smith, a friend of Joan Rivers, was on “Shepard Smith Reporting” to reflect on the life of the legendary comedian.

Rivers died this afternoon at the age of 81. She went into cardiac arrest on Aug. 28 following a routine procedure at a New York clinic.

Smith described Rivers as “in private, a very kind of genteel, ladylike [person].” She also said the iconic comedian was a thoughtful and sweet woman.


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“She used adversity to hone her own acts and feelings and to sublimate them in humor, and that’s really a great trait.”

Smith remarked that Rivers grew so much more famous in the last five years.

“Now, how many people at 80 can do that?”