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Stars turn out for Rivers' funeral


Joan Rivers' funeral took place at Temple Emanu-El in New York

Joan Rivers' funeral took place at Temple Emanu-El in New York

Joan Rivers' funeral took place at Temple Emanu-El in New York

A host of stars have attended the funeral of American comedian Joan Rivers, giving her the send-off she had asked for.

The 81-year-old died on September 4 and had written in her 2012 book I Hate Everyone ... Starting With Me that she wanted "a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action".

Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker, Donald Trump, Kathy Griffin and Kelly Osbourne were among the famous faces at the ceremony at Temple Emanu-El in New York.

Crowds of fans were also seen outside the Manhattan synagogue as the star's friends and family said their final goodbye.

Tributes have poured out for the talk show host, including from celebrities and fellow comics as well as the Prince of Wales, whose wedding she attended in 2005.

In an interview published in today's Sunday Times Style magazine, Rivers spoke about preparing her daughter Melissa for her death by telling her: "It's comi-i-i-ing! It's inevitable."

She added: "It's like, God, I'm in my 80s. Nobody, when I die, is going to say, 'how young?' They're going to say she had a great ride."

Rivers, who died after being taken to hospital less than a week earlier after suffering a cardiac arrest during a routine medical procedure, was a big fan of the Royal Family.

She described attending the Prince's wedding to the Duchess of Cornwall where, the Queen "did a very witty speech about how happy she was about his marriage to Camilla".

"Prince Charles is so funny. So, so funny," she added.

The comic, who became almost as well known for her many cosmetic surgery procedures as for her acerbic wit, said she had "no regrets" about going under the knife so many times.

Shortly before her death, the outspoken star got herself into hot water when she was quoted as saying that the Palestinian victims of the Gaza conflict deserved to be dead.

But she told the magazine: "For God's sake, for God's sake. I probably said, 'If you don't listen and if you don't get out when they warn you, then you're going to die.' You deserve to die if you're that stupid."

Rivers was reportedly introduced to Charles by a mutual friend while on holiday in the south of France in 2003.

Their friendship quickly developed and she was invited to the Prince's wedding two years later before going on to perform for him, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry at a comedy gala to celebrate his 60th birthday in 2008.

Paying tribute after her death, Charles said: "Joan Rivers was an extraordinary woman with an original and indefatigable spirit, an unstoppable sense of humour and an enormous zest for life. She will be hugely missed and utterly irreplaceable."

The New York City medical examiner said more tests are required to find out the cause of the mother-of-one's death.

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