Joan Rivers died on September 4th, 2014 at the age of 81.

A comic legend, her send-off was exactly what she would have wanted. Howard Stern remembered her with touching references, but more importantly, with some very dirty jokes. Offensive enough that at first the attendees were struck silent – until they remembered who they were honoring, and burst into laughter.  Closing with a song by Hugh Jackman, the service concluded with a standing ovation.  She was honored just as she wanted, with her star shining, laughter and applause.

(Image From CBS Evening News) In her 2012 book, I Hate Everyone … Starting With Me, Joan Rivers wrote the above passage regarding her funeral, to her daughter Melissa.


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