Joan Rivers - Joan Rivers' Funeral Set For New York

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Late comedienne Joan Rivers' life is set to be celebrated at a funeral in her hometown of New York City this weekend (07Sep14).

The veteran funnywoman, 81, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital after she was removed from life support following a cardiac and respiratory arrest on 28 August (14).

Her daughter Melissa Rivers shared the sad news of her mum's passing on Thursday (04Sep14), and now it has been announced funeral services for Rivers will be held at Temple Emanu-El, the synagogue where she was a member.

A statement from Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson to ABC News reads, "It is a terribly sad day for all of us. We mourn with her family, friends and all those millions to whom she brought laughter and joy."

Meanwhile, tributes continued to pour in throughout Thursday, and among them was Rivers' co-host of U.S. fashion commentary programme Fashion Police, Kelly Osbourne.

She shared her grief in a statement that reads: "I'm completely heartbroken by the loss of my beloved Joan. Not only was she my boss, she was and will always be my teacher, therapist, closest friend, inspiration and the only grandmother I ever knew.

"She was family and I will never forget her. Laughter will be difficult for a while but when I'm sad, lonely or upset all I will have to do is think of Joan and a smile will cross my face. Laughter is what she gave us and laughter is what she would want us to do in remembrance of her.

"Melissa and (grandson) Cooper, my thoughts are with you and I love you both so much. Joan, thank you for taking me in and loving me as a daughter. I will miss you deeply and will always hear your voice in my head saying, 'My darling get out there and be you!'"


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