The untimely death of Joan Rivers was a shock to her fans and family. Her presence was a mainstay on the Hollywood Scene. Even at the age of 81, the self proclaimed “workaholic” was earning money and had a potential new television show lined up.
According to the New York Daily News, Joan Rivers was worth an estimated $150 million dollars, not including the money she was still collecting for engagements just prior to her death. Most of the money is being left to her daughter and partner in crime, Melissa. Another chunk has been left to her grandson Cooper, Melissa’s son. The remaining has been left to her four dogs, who will move in with her personal assistant, Jocelyn Pickett. The exact percentages of the split have not yet been revealed.
Some might find it odd that her dogs have been willed a portion of her money, but a source explained why Joan Rivers might have felt it necessary.
“Those dogs are her family.”
Joan Rivers thought about her mortality a lot, especially as age crept up on her. So, planning out her will seemed to be a natural progression of life.
“In your 80s, you’d be foolish not to think about that. I’ve left money so the dogs can be taken care of. I’ve said to Melissa, ‘Sell anything and everything you don’t want. Don’t feel beholden to my possessions.’ I feel almost hysterical on that. I don’t want them to have a sense of guilt.”
Melissa Rivers has not commented on the monetary gifts left in the will. However, she has thanked everyone for their kindness and support of her late mother and her family in their time of grieving.
“As my son Cooper and I mourn the loss of my mother, we want to thank everyone for the beautiful cards and flowers conveying heartfelt messages and condolences, which continue to arrive from around the world and through social media. My mother would have been overwhelmed by the scope and depth of the love that people have expressed for her. It is certainly helping to lift our spirits during this time.”
Joan Rivers will be missed at every red carpet event for years to come. Her presence at Hollywood’s celebrations was as iconic as the red carpet itself. We can only hope that Melissa Rivers continues the tradition, and maybe invites her son Cooper along to pass the tradition to the next generation of the Rivers’ family.
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