Some Nigerian celebrities have expressed sadness over the death of U.S. comedian and fashion critic, Joan Rivers.
Rivers, 81, died on Thursday after she stopped breathing a week earlier while undergoing a minor throat procedure at a hospital in New York City.
Rivers was also the anchor person of the famous television programme, `Fashion Police’, aired on DSTV cable channels.
Speaking in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, the celebrities said the late Rivers contributed a lot to the development of comedy and fashion, globally.
Actress Adaora Ukoh, described her as a “whole lot of fun. I can’t stop loving her even in death; she was a whole lot of fun.
“I wish her daughter would grant her the awesome fun burial she wished for. But to say the least, `Fashion Police’ has just lost the real touch.
“Her life was well spent and thoroughly fulfilled and inspiring. I want to be like her or even more when that time is sure up.
“No boring death. May her feisty soul rest in the bosom of the Lord,’’ Ukoh said.
A fashion critic, Lastasha Ngwube, said Rivers was a true illustration that things had really turned around for bad or good in the fashion and entertainment industry.
Ngwube, who is the lead host of ‘Glamsquad TV’, noted that Rivers suffered many setbacks but constantly rose from every blow, better and brighter for it.
“As the queen of Red Carpet criticism and jokes, she was unparalleled.
“Fashion and entertainment have lost a gem and `Fashion Police’ will never be the same again. What a sad day for the industry’’, she said.
Comedian, Dan D’Humourous said it was a big blow to the comic world.
“First Robin Williams, now Joan Rivers who had been in the game for about 60 years and had become a legend.
“She was a bold, daring, dexterous and a master of her own art; she will be missed no doubt.
“Fashion Police’ will never be the same again and at least the Kardashian family, as well as the dysfunctional ones, will heave a sigh of relief’’, Dan said.
Another actress who felt really bad at the death of Joan Rivers was Ebube Nwagbo.
“I will miss her influence on the industry, especially, on ‘Fashion Police.
“She is a great loss because of what she had done and what she represents but at her age, we should thank God for her life.
“She looked really sprite for someone in her 80s and I really wished she would beat death this time for the time being, but God knows best’’, Nwagbo said.
Comedian, Senator, said he would miss her critical sense and wealth of sarcasm.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a shock per se because she was getting old and was on life-support for a while. So, her chances of survival were slim. Her death is a minus to the world’’, he said.
Born as Joan Alexandra Molinsky to Russian immigrants, Rivers spent her childhood in Brooklyn until her parents moved to upper-class Westchester County, New York.
She was believed to have inherited her sense of humour from her father, who was a doctor.
Rivers is survived by a daughter Melissa and a grandson.
According to a statement from her daughter, Rivers would be buried on Sunday, Sept. 7.