Actors and celebrities react to the death of Joan Rivers

Kelly Osbourne, Dolly Parton and Lena Dunham were among those paying tribute to the straight-talking, witty and controversial queen of comedy on Twitter

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Celebrities including Lena Dunham, Samuel L. Jackson, Dolly Parton and Kelly Osbourne have taken to Twitter to mourn the death of comedian Joan Rivers who died last night at the age of 81.

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“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends,” her daughter Melissa Rivers confirmed yesterday in a statement.

Here’s what Twitter had to say about the comedy legend…

Love Her or Hate Her, we’re gonna Miss JOAN RIVERS! I always Respected her go for broke humor. One of a kind.R.I.P.

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— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) September 4, 2014