Joan Rivers Death: Funeral Planned For Sunday at Temple Emanu-El In NYC

Celebrity News Sep. 4, 2014 AT 5:50PM
Joan Rivers Joan Rivers' funeral is planned for this Sunday at Temple Emanu-El in New York City; the legendary comedian died at the age of 81 at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC on Thursday, Sept. 4 Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

A funeral for the late Joan Rivers is planned for Sunday, Sept. 7 at Temple Emanu-El in New York, Us Weekly can confirm. The legendary, trailblazing comedian and E! Fashion Police host died at the age of 81 on Thursday, Sept. 4.

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"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," Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson said in a statement.

Rivers had been hospitalized at NYC's Mount Sinai Hospital since Aug. 28 after she stopped breathing during an outpatient procedure on her vocal cords. Her daughter Melissa often updated fans and the media on her condition, and confirmed her death on Thursday afternoon.

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"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother," Melissa said in a statement. "Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated."

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She continued: "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon."

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Joan often talked about aging and death, even describing how she hoped her funeral would be in her 2012 book I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me. "I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene!" she wrote at the time. "I want it to be Hollywood all the way."

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