Joan Rivers’ funeral will take place later today in New York.
The iconic comedian died Thursday at age 81 at Mount Sinai Hospital. In her long life in the entertainment industry, Rivers was friendly with a veritable who’s-who in Hollywood, and numerous stars have indicated their intent to attend Joan’s final red carpet affair according to Entertainmentwise.
Writing in her book, I Hate Everyone… Starting With Me, Joan Rivers wrote about how she would like her funeral to be.
“When I die, (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, everything’s in your name,) I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, camera, action. I want craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I don’t want some rabbi rambling on, I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don’t want a eulogy, I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing Mr. Lonely. I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino Gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce’s.”
However, all of that seems to have been a lot of bluster.
It turns out that Joan Rivers’ funeral at Manhattan’s Temple Emanu-El will be private. HNGN reports that neither the temple or Rivers’ publicist would give out any more details regarding the proceedings or the guest list.
Senior Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson, who will officiate the funeral service, did release a brief statement.
“We mourn with her family, friends and all those millions to whom she brought laughter and joy.”
Up to this point, the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office has said that Rivers’ official cause of death is unknown. They said that more tests will have to be performed to make a final ruling.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Rivers suffered a cardiac arrest during what was supposed to be a routine throat procedure at a clinic on August 28th. Emergency services were summoned. The New York Fire Department was the first to respond to the call and they took Rivers via ambulance to Mount Sinai Hospital. The doctors sedated Joan, placing her in a medically-induced coma until they could be “comfortable” with her condition. Last Sunday, they started to bring her out of that coma, a process that reportedly wasn’t complete until Tuesday. Rivers was moved out of the ICU and into a private room, but there’s no word whether or not the legendary comedienne ever regained consciousness before her death on Thursday.
The New York State Health Department is currently reviewing the clinic where Joan Rivers had her procedure performed.
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