Hulk Hogan pays tribute to Joan Rivers after entertainer's death aged 81

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Hulk Hogan has paid his respects to Joan Rivers after the world learnt of the entertainers sad death Wednesday afternoon, aged 81.

Rivers' daughter, Melissa, confirmed the news via the entertainer's official website and the WWE legend took to Twitter soon after to offer his condolences:

"Joan Rivers, you were the greatest, you were the only one that could make me belly laugh, you were always so kind to me, RIP I love you. HH," wrote the veteran WWE superstar.

Hogan went on to credit Joan Rivers with helping him early on in his career, posting a picture of himself appearing on The Tonight Show hosted by Rivers back in 1985 - adding the following alongside the image:

"She took a novice and instantly turned me into an equal, thank you, only love. HH."

Another image of Hogan and Rivers posing for a picture during their 1980s heyday was later posted by the WWE star who had developed a good friendship with the 81-year-old comedian.

Joan Rivers herself played a leading role in one of the WWE's earliest attempts at breaking into the mainstream - appearing as a special guest ring announcer at WrestleMania 2 and was also the host when Randy Roddy piper announced his WrestleMania 3 retirement match on live TV.

The WWE themselves offered their condolences to Rivers' family via their official website.

Rivers' death

Hogan clearly empathized with Rivers with the two veterans of the celebrity sphere having been at the top of the entertainment business for several decades and had voiced his concern for the latter's health earlier in the week.

Rivers had been taken to Mount Sinai Hospital last Thursday after complications arose during a procedure on her vocal cords at a local doctor's office in New York.

And after having been placed in a medically induced coma by medical staff Rivers spent a number of days on life support.

There had been hope that the comedian/presenter was on the road to recovery Tuesday when her daughter revealed Rivers had been moved out of intensive care, but fans were left shocked on Wednesday when her death was announced.

Rivers was known for her sharp wit and fearless attitude, something Hulk Hogan knows the importance of only too well.

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WWE's own troubles

The WWE itself has been dealing with illness in its own ranks in recent weeks with class of 2014 Hall of Famer Jake 'The Snake' Roberts having been admitted to hospital last week.

The former peer of Hogan, complaining of a tight chest whilst awaiting take off on a flight to Las Vegas, alerted cabin crew who quickly escorted him to a nearby hospital where he has since remained.

Now believed to be breathing of his own accord the WWE community has expressed hope that Roberts will be able to make a full recovery.

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