Joan Rivers thought she’d die during cosmetic procedure

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Joan Rivers smiles in orange scarf at LAX

Joan Rivers feared she would die during plastic surgery.

The 81-year-old comedienne – who passed away last night (04.09.14) after being put into an induced coma last week after she suffered a cardiac arrest during a routine operation on her vocal cords – admitted in the past that she thought her love of cosmetic procedures would be the death of her.

According to The Sun newspaper, she said in a previously unpublished chat: “I want more surgery immediately but I think I will probably wait a year because often at this age they put you down and you don’t come back – they make you cross your arms just in case!

“It’s always a concern that I’m not going to come out of it but it’s more important to me to get the work done than my own mortality because I’ve had a terrific life.”

The ‘Fashion Police’ host – who joked that she’d gone under the knife 700 times – also revealed her desire to remain looking young for television audiences.

She said: “I think it will be fabulous to die on the operation table because the publicity would keep the ‘Fashion Police’ re-runs going for years. Plus no one will say, ‘How old?’

“Nobody wants to see an old face because it reminds you of your own mortality. I believe in plastic surgery to make the viewer feel better.”

Joan’s daughter Melissa has paid tribute to her mother, saying: “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh.

“Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

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