WATCH: The stars at TIFF remember Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers passed away today at the age of 81. She was taken off life support after going into cardiac arrest during throat surgery.

The stars in town for the Toronto International Film Festival took a moment Thursday to remember a long-time comedian and TV host.

Joan Rivers passed away today at the age of 81. She was taken off life support after going into cardiac arrest during throat surgery.

While promoting his film, The Humbling, at the Elgin Theatre, Al Pacino talked about Rivers.

"I knew her and I loved her," Pacino told reporters. "And I don't know what to say, it's too shocking. You know, it just happened."

Over at Roy Thomson Hall, Robert Downey Jr found it hard to put his thoughts on Rivers into words as he walked the red carpet for the opening film, The Judge.

"It's hard to imagine a world where she wasn't going to be here week after week, year after year," Downey Jr said.

His co-star Robert Duvall described Rivers as an interesting woman, "with her own sense of humour that people really responded to."

When actor Ken Howard heard of her death, he says he thought back a few decades.

"When I first started on Broadway in the late 60s, she would do a midnight show at Upstairs At The Downstairs and the performers would get there for the show. And it was so funny," Howard says.

His fondest memory will be how "quick and wonderfully funny she was."

Also on the red carpet for The Judge, actor Vincent D'Onofrio remembered being enterained by Rivers.

"The woman has made me laugh from when I was a child. I can't tell how many times I've sat alone in my living room and laughed because of that woman on the television," D'Onofrio said. "It's just extraordinary that she's gone."

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