Jeezy and Future dedicate performance to Joan Rivers

Duo appeared on last night's episode of 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

Jeezy and Future have saluted Joan Rivers in a performance of their song ‘No Tears’.

The duo paid tribute to the recently deceased comedian during an appearance as musical guests on last night’s (September 4) episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

“Rest in peace, Joan Rivers,” Jeezy began before instructing the crowd to raise “one hand in the air for Joan Rivers”. Both artists performed with backing from the show’s house band The Roots.

Rivers died yesterday in New York, aged 81. Last week, during a minor endoscopic procedure to check her vocal cords, the former talk show host experienced serious complications and stopped breathing. She was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital and placed in a medically induced coma before being taken out of intensive care on Wednesday (September 3). Her death was announced yesterday by daughter Melissa.

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

Lauded as a pioneer for female comics, Rivers was known for her sharp wit and brazen put downs. She enjoyed a long relationship with The Tonight Show having made her first appearance in 1965. Interviewed by then host Johnny Carson, the two became close friends and Rivers went on to regularly guest host the show. Scroll down to view a video of her interviewing actor Dolph Lundgren in 1985.

Rivers accepted an offer to host similarly structured programme The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers in 1986. The move ended her affiliation with The Tonight Show and she did not return until last February when she made a brief appearance on Fallon’s first episode before returning the following month for an interview.

“She came out, and she came over to me, and she started crying, and gave me a kiss,” a teary-eyed Fallon recalled last night. “It was really emotional and really nice.”