Celebrities, friends react to news of Joan Rivers' death

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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A legend, a friend, a mentor, an icon, and wildly funny. One of a kind. RIP #JoanRivers @joan_rivers http://t.co/jnAC5G4AQo
This was the very first time I met @Joan_Rivers in 1991 when I was 6 years old! https://t.co/962t9HbgDS
Joan Rivers will always be a pioneer. She paved the way for a lot of comedians. I’m very sad she’s gone. http://t.co/i1uE9fyHMh
The day I was ridiculed by Joan Rivers for the way I looked was the day I felt like i made it in hollywood. RIP
RIP GODDESS: Hail Hail, a GENIUS has vacated this realm: Joan Rivers has died.
"Very sad to hear about @Joan_Rivers . Always a friend to @duranduran . The Queen of camp, you will be missed." -JT http://t.co/ZYlPrJm1I5
Joan Rivers wouldn't hesitate to make a sick joke about the passing of Joan Rivers and that is why I will miss her. RIP.
Thinking of Joan Rivers—smart, strong, funny, a great friend, mom and grandmother…there will never be another. –Michael
RIP the mighty Joan Rivers. Funny & fearless. Truly one of a kind.
#JoanRivers was thee trailblazer for ALL WOMEN COMICS WHO FOLLOWED!She proved a woman could be just as outrageous and as funny as the guys!
So heartbroken ... @Joan_Rivers we remember the laughs with tears xo
She read my Wikipedia page: "you trained in Flamenco & period dance. What the hell is period dance? Does it involve tampons?"- Joan Rivers 😂
RIP Joan Rivers. A force of nature.
My friend. RIPJoanRivers
we lost a great one in @Joan_Rivers - she was funny all the way to the end
Joan Rivers has died. What a sad ending to a brilliant and tragi-comic life; one of the bravest, and funniest of all.
I'm so sad 2 hear tht Joan Rivers passed away 2day :( A pioneer in women's comedy & a survivor w a capital S! Thank U Joan 4all th laughs <3
"I enjoy life when things are happening. I don't care if it's good things or bad things.That means you're alive" RIP my adored Joan Rivers
Rest In Peace Joan Rivers, You Were An Amazing Individual
Joan Rivers @Joan_Rivers was an amazing woman and a great friend. Her energy and talent were boundless. She will be greatly missed.
Unapologetically offensive, kind, tough, complicated, irrepressible, supremely energetic...and above all, bloody funny. RIP Joan Rivers.
Robin Williams & Joan Rivers dead in same few weeks. Arguably the funniest man & woman of my lifetime. Thank you both for all the laughs.
“We don’t apologize for a joke. We are comics. We are here to make you laugh. If you don’t get it, then don’t watch us.” Joan Rivers. RIP.
Rest In Peace, Joan Rivers. A true pioneer in comedy. You'll be deeply missed. #RIPJoanRivers http://t.co/uyiXi7DwOm
Man, I seriously hate this...We lost another comic. RIP Joan Rivers. You did it the only way you knew how....YOUR way! U are already missed
Joan Rivers was enormously talented and was always so kind. She is already dearly missed. #RIPJoanRivers
This was 4 weeks ago. She was a joy. I'll never forget her and will miss her terribly. RIP Joan Rivers. A legend. http://t.co/v9vu9PALnd
Rivers will keep them rollin. #RIPJoanRivers.
Joan Rivers. What an extraordinary life. Changed comedy. She will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for Melissa and Cooper. God bless them all
Joan Rivers. Now there was a comedian with balls #RIP
I'm so sad. I don't know how to process this. No posting today. Joan Rivers has died at age 81, her daughter… http://t.co/aD6oI6Y91E
I'm sure Joan Rivers would love every sick joke that's being made about her passing. Never met her, but spent my lifetime inspired by her.
In shock hearing that joan rivers died. She felt like someone who was ageless and would live forever. I still don’t really believe it.
Rest In Peace Joan Rivers. thoughts and prayers to her family and those who knew her. She was one of a kind. She will be missed
Heartbroken to hear about Joan Rivers. She was so kind to me, to my family, and she helped many people behind the scenes. RIP to the legend.
RIP Joan Rivers. Fearless & amazing. Here's a clip from her great documentary where she DESTROYS a heckler: http://t.co/mO0u25Y6HN
My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan 😢
What a loss of a legend and amazing woman... Rest in peace @Joan_Rivers
So sad about Joan Rivers. She was such a kind and absolutely hilarious woman. My heart goes out to her family. http://t.co/k3HV2hf4nZ
"Humor doesn't come out of the good times, it comes out of the anger, pain and sorrow," ---- Joan Rivers.
Joan Rivers was a great lady that will be missed. And now these celebrities will wear whatever they want. Rest in peace Joan.
So funny and irrepressible. Rest in peace, Joan Rivers.
#Rip Joan Rivers. Thank you for everything...❤️🙏 http://t.co/cUkOFwVSNM
Gutted. As well as being an icon and trailblazer, Joan Rivers was so kind to me when I first came to LA. Tonight I raise a glass to you Joan
RIP, #JoanRivers.... What a spirited force, trailblazer and beacon for all things funny. Such a loss.
Our heart and prayers goes out to Melissa and the entire family! May you RIP Joan Rivers!
They won't ever make another one like her... #RIP Joan Rivers, you will always be amazing, I was blessed to meet you http://t.co/xJJ9Mx2iPL
Saddened that Joan Rivers has passed. What a legacy she leaves. Praying for Melissa, Cooper & their family
RIP Joan Rivers thank you for Years of laughs and smiles, you were one of a kind! @MelRivers stay strong the whole world is here for you!
RIP Joan Rivers. Her documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is on netflix & is one of the best movies ever made about standup comedy.
RIP Joan Rivers. You made us laugh and happy.
RIP to the funniest, most hardworking lady in the biz. You will be missed @Joan_Rivers!
We will miss you @Joan_Rivers. What you did in your life was absolutely remarkable. Your rep for kindness to everyone was completely true
Joan, thank you for your fearlessness, it will never be replaced. #RIP. #JoanRivers
I can't even comprehend the fact that I was @Joan_Rivers last best dressed on @e_FashionPolice. It was a dream come true. Thank you Joan.
I'll miss my good friend & fellow Barnard grad Joan Rivers-Greatly admired her comedic genius. Pls remember her w/ me http://t.co/VILWl7ZGUE
I just heard the sad news... RIP Joan Rivers :( My sincerest condolences go out to her family.
So sad over the passing of @Joan_Rivers. U brought me a lifetime of laughter & were amazing to me the few times we met. RIP
Joan Rivers was one of the smartest and most beautifully flawed women of all time.
“We don’t apologize for a joke. We are comics. We are here to make you laugh. If you don’t get it, then don’t watch us.” - Joan Rivers
I feel so blessed to have had the pleasure of chatting with Joan Rivers before she passed. What an… http://t.co/4BKrGBlaQ1
So sad to learn of @Joan_Rivers' passing...she was always incredibly kind to me and a true American treasure.
#JoanRivers to me many years ago: Always tell us the truth. We may not like you for it, so if you want to be liked do something else.
.@MelRivers my heart goes out to you& your family at the loss of your mother. @Joan_Rivers showed us women could be unapologetically funny.
Heart is broken that we lost such a great icon #JoanRivers was 1 of a kind. Know she's making God LOL #JoanRiversRIP http://t.co/UX9JF7Kn2w
Just gonna assume everyone telling me I'm ugly on twitter tonight is commemorating Joan Rivers and therefore I love you all
Joan Rivers was always lovely to me- we shared the same manager Billy Sammeth for many years. I recently did the... http://t.co/KC7LRd7DUN
Rest in peace, Joan Rivers. You were a pioneer for so many women! #RIPJoan #GirlPower
So sad to hear of @Joan_Rivers' passing. She was an icon and a great lady. We will miss you on the red carpet.
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Plus, Joan Rivers throughout the years:

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NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: Joan Rivers performs on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. Image dated December 11, 1966. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1965: Comedian Joan Rivers poses for a portrait circa 1965 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American commedienne and entertainer Joan Rivers jumps into the air, her purse over an outstretched arm and a wig in her other hand, as she tries to hail a taxi from the side of the road, New York, New York, March 1966. (Photo by Truman Moore/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Headshot portrait of American comedian Joan Rivers leaning her face against her fist, 1960s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Overhead view of American commedienne and entertainer Joan Rivers as she lies in a bathtub and talks on the telephone, New York, New York, March 1966. Rivers is wearing a black dress with mesh sleeves and high heels. (Photo by Truman Moore/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 17 -- Pictured: Joan Rivers during the 'Old Age Home' skit on April 9, 1983 -- Photo by: Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Joan Rivers, host Johnny Carson on Ocotber 5, 1976 -- (Photo by: Ron Tom/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Joan Rivers during Opening Night Performance of 'Marilyn' - February 20, 1985 at Area Nightclub in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 1970: Comedienne Joan Rivers performs live in November 1970 in New York City, New York. (Photo by I.C. Rapoport/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1985: Comedian Joan Rivers poses for a portrait in 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
Francesco Scavullo, Joan Rivers, and Melissa Rivers (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
American comedian Joan Rivers, circa 1985. Photographed in California by Harry Langdon. (Photo by Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Joan Rivers and Husband Edgar Rosenberg during 'The Bounty' Westwood Screening at Coronet Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LONDON -: Singer Boy George and actress Joan Rivers at the Park Lane Hotel in 1984, London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Betty White, guest host Joan Rivers on September 28, 1983 -- (Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Joan Rivers (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 01: Joan Rivers 4/1/1987 (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 1970: Comedienne Joan Rivers with daughter Melissa at home in November 1970 in New York City, New York. (Photo by I.C. Rapoport/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 09: Joan Rivers (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1987: Comedian Joan Rivers poses for a portrait in 1987 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 09: Joan Rivers (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 09: Joan Rivers (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 09: Joan Rivers (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Joan Rivers (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Joan Rivers during Birthday Party for Joan Rivers 'Sally Marr and Her Escorts' Cast Party - June 8, 1994 at Helen Hayes Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Joan Rivers during Birthday Party for Joan Rivers 'Sally Marr and Her Escorts' Cast Party - June 8, 1994 at Helen Hayes Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Joan Rivers (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers during 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Weeks/FilmMagic)
Joan Rivers during The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: TV Guide Channel Host Joan Rivers arrives to the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel January 16, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
RIDGEWOOD, NJ - JULY 01: Joan Rivers promotes 'Diary of a Mad Diva' at Bookends Bookstore on July 1, 2014 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/FilmMagic)
RIDGEWOOD, NJ - JULY 01: Joan Rivers promotes 'Diary of a Mad Diva' at Bookends Bookstore on July 1, 2014 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: Media personality/comedian Joan Rivers speaks to fans during her visit at Barnes & Noble Union Square to sign copies of her Book 'Diary Of A Mad Diva' on June 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: (L-R) Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers attend the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers during The 77th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals at Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Joan Rivers during The 57th Annual Emmy Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Joan Rivers during Gala Opening of The JCPenney Experience on Broadway at One Times Square in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/WireImage)
Joan Rivers Attends The 2007 British Academy Television Awards Sponsored By Pioneer At The Palladium In London. . (Photo by Antony Jones/UK Press via Getty Images)
Joan Rivers during Opening Night Party for the Off-Broadway Musical 'Altar Boyz' at Dodger Stages then Crobar in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Joan Rivers at the Central Park in New York City, New York (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - MARCH 02: Comedian Joan Rivers performs at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on March 2, 2008 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
Comedian Joan Rivers appearing in the Superstar Theater at Resorts Atlantic City on Friday October 20, 2006 (Photo by Tom Briglia/FilmMagic)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Joan Rivers -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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