Hugh Jackman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Osbourne and Whoopi Goldberg are among the celebrities attending Joan Rivers’ funeral yesterday, September 7.
Hollywood stars flocked to the Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan Sunday morning to pay their final respects to the Fashion Police host, who passed away last Thursday, September 4, following surgical complications.
Andy Cohen, Kathy Griffin, and Kristin Chenoweth also turned up at the place of worship to say their final farewell to the legendary comedienne, as did fashion designers Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors.
Joan’s funeral included a performance from Hugh and emotional eulogies from her daughter Melissa and close friend Deborah Norville.
The 81-year-old comedienne’s memorial service kicked off with an opening pray from Rabbi Joshua Davidson, before Broadway’s Audra McDonald stood up and gave a stunning performance, which left guests in tears.
Howard Stern then lightened the mood by giving a funny but touching speech, in which he referred to Joan as "the best friend in the world ... a big sister ... a crazy aunt at a bar mitzvah."
He added: "She fought the stereotype that women couldn’t be funny... and she was responsible for putting the red carpet into prime time."
Deborah then paid tribute to her close pal, before Melissa rounded up the eulogies by reading out a letter she had sent to her mother.
She ended the comical speech with: "I am grateful for everyday Cooper [Joan’s grandson] and I have with you. You are an inspiration."
The 60-minute ceremony was drawn to a close by Hollywood hunk Hugh Jackman singing Peter Allen’s "Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage."
Mourners lined up outside the synagogue and waited for their names to be checked off the list before walking in to the private memorial service.
Around 500 spectators and at least 100 media stood behind barricades on Fifth Avenue before the ceremony to honour the 81-year-old comedienne.
It appears the blonde beauty’s wishes have been met as she previously claimed she wanted her funeral to be a star-studded, glamorous event.
In her 2012 memoir, I Hate Everyone... Starting with Me, she wrote: "When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything’s in your name,) I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action."
Joan’s daughter Melissa, 46—her only child—announced her mother’s death three days ago following a week in a medically-induced coma and on life support at Mount Sinai hospital in New York.
Joan had been rushed to the medical centre on August 28 after she suffered a cardiac and respiratory arrest while undergoing a routine operation on her vocal cords at Yorkville Endoscopy clinic on August 28.
An investigation into Joan’s death is currently underway following an inconclusive autopsy.