By Lauren Moraski

(CBS NEWS) – Joan Rivers is being remembered as a “trailblazer,” a “pioneer” and “one of a kind.”

Tributes are pouring in for the legendary comedian and TV personality, who died Thursday at age 81.

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“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said. “Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Rivers’ TV home — E! and NBCUniversal — released a statement: “For decades Joan has made people laugh, shattered glass ceilings and revolutionized comedy. She was unapologetic and fiercely dedicated to entertaining all of us and has left an indelible mark on the people that worked with her and on her legions of fans. She’s been a much beloved member of the E! family for over 20 years and the world is less funny without her in it. Today our hearts are heavy knowing Joan will not be bounding through the doors.”

As the outpouring of tweets suggest, Rivers touched the hearts of many, serving as a mentor and an inspiration.

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See how she’s being remembered:

https://twitter.com/therealroseanne/status/507614330934661120

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