I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action,” Joan Rivers wrote in her 2012 book I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me. Well, she certainly was granted her wish as her funeral in New York on Sunday (September 07, 2014) was a star studded affair that saw celebrities for Hollywood, theatre, fashion and media.
The cause of her death is being investigated. Rivers was admitted to hospital on August 28, 2014 after she went into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure at a doctor’s office. The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances, and the New York City medical examiner said tests to determine the cause of death were inconclusive.
Joan Rivers, the legendary comic actor was laid to rest on in New York City with hundreds of guests in attendance, including such famous friends as Rosie O’Donnell, Kathy Griffin, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Matthew Broderick, David Letterman, Howard Stern, Charlie Rose, Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters and many more.
Tributes and reminiscences were delivered by television anchor Deborah Norville, close friend Margie Stern, columnist Cindy Adams and Rivers’s daughter, Melissa, who spoke about how she respected her mother and appreciated everyone’s support.
The service ended with a troupe of bagpipers and drummers from the New York Police Department’s Emerald Society marching down the center aisle playing New York, New York, radio host Howard Stern delivered the eulogy and Broadway singer actress Audra McDonald sang Smile.
The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus too sang Broadway hits including Hey Big Spender before McDonald sang her tribute to Joan Rivers, a champion of theatre for decades.
Joan Rivers was a television talk show host, stage, film and television actor, a fashion critic and also had her own jewelry line.
I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action," Joan Rivers wrote in her 2012 book I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me. We...3.0