Joan Rivers‘ family and friends gathered Sunday in New York for a star-studded private funeral honoring the 81-year-old comedy legend.
Rivers’ daughter Melissa was also there. She was joined by the late entertainer’s “Fashion Police” co-stars
The celebrity-filled send-off, complete with a red carpet, was exactly what Rivers would have wanted. In her book “I Hate Everyone … Starting With Me,” the comedienne said she wanted her funeral to be “a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action” and “Hollywood all the way.”
Rivers died Thursday following complications while undergoing throat surgery. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Aug. 28 and had been on life support.
An autopsy on the comedy legend has been completed, but the results did not yield a firm cause or manner of death, a spokeswoman for the New York Medical Examiner’s Office told TheWrap on Friday. Further studies will be conducted to determine how Rivers died, the spokeswoman said. The New York State Department of Health is investigating the circumstances surrounding Rivers’ death.
Born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn in 1933, Rivers broke into the spotlight with a 1965 guest appearance on “The Tonight Show.” Though she would frequently fill in for Johnny Carson, she eventually left her permanent guest-host position to launch a competing show on Fox.
Her other television credits include “The
In 2009, Joan and Melissa were contestants on the NBC reality competition show “Celebrity Apprentice.” Joan won by beating out poker champ Annie Duke.
Throughout her groundbreaking career, Rivers also branched out into writing, penning a dozen books. She received numerous Daytime Emmy nominations, winning in 1990 in the Outstanding Talk/Service Show Host category for “The
Rivers is survived by her daughter, Melissa and grandson, Cooper.