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“I ain’t afraid of death,” Joan Rivers once told Time Magazine. ”I’m in show business. I died a million times.”

Aging. Dying. Death. Concepts no one likes to think about, much less talk about. Of the many fatal tragedies the celebrity world has suffered lately — Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, Casey Kasem, Philip Seymour Hoffman, to name a few — perhaps none shook people to the core as much as the passing of Joan Rivers. Even at 81 years old, her death seemed to take everyone off-guard.

Except maybe Joan Rivers herself. While on stage for the last time, she told the audience how she could go at any minute. A few weeks ago, she posted on her Twitter TWTR +1.2% account:

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