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Joan Rivers' daughter pays tribute

Melissa Rivers - the daughter of comedy star Joan - has paid tribute to her "brave" mum.

The producer spoke for the first time publicly, at an event organised by The Hollywood Reporter, where Sarah Silverman, Angelina Jolie and US First Lady Michelle Obama were in attendance, about losing her mother.

Joan died in September, aged 81, of brain damage due to lack of oxygen. She had stopped breathing during a routine endoscopy days earlier.

"For me the last three months and six days - not that I'm counting - have been different to say the least," she said at the Women in Entertainment breakfast.

"My mother was fearless and I don't mean she didn't have any fears. I mean that although she was only 5'2'', she stood tall and walked through them," The Hollywood Reporter quoted her as saying.

"That is what made her such a brilliant performer.

"She was willing to say what others were thinking and too frightened to admit. She never apologised for a joke and no topic was taboo and she was fine with that."

She said that her mother "never thought of herself as a woman working in a man's world."

"She just thought of herself as a comic and had to be funnier than everyone else. She just wanted to do her job and that was to make people laugh," she continued.

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