Celebrities, friends react to news of Joan Rivers' death

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By CHELSEA HUANG

When news broke on Twitter that Joan Rivers passed away Thursday afternoon, celebrities and friends immediately began posting tweets in memory of the late comedienne.

As a trailblazer and comedy legend, Rivers touched many lives in Hollywood throughout her 50-year career.

Her influence is evident in the personal memories stars have been sharing with fans -- and the sheer reverence placed upon the 'Queen of Comedy.'

Stars are also taking a moment to send their thoughts to Joan's daughter, Melissa Rivers.

See celebrities' tweets in reaction to news of Joan Rivers' death:

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Plus, Joan Rivers throughout the years:

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