Joan Rivers’ wake draws celeb-studded crowd

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NEW YORK — Joan Rivers’ wake was “quintessential New York,” Hoda Kotb told reporters.

The Today co-host, Kathie Lee Gifford, Howard Stern, Donald Trump, Kristin Chenoweth, Whoopi Goldberg, Bernadette Peters, Kelly Osbourne and Diane Sawyer were among a stars speckled during Rivers’ wake Sunday during Temple Emanu-El on a Upper East Side. Some mourners wore “Joan Ranger” badges — star-shaped pins suggestive of military badges to respect a Fashion Police star.

The use enclosed a acknowledgment by Stern and song from Audra McDonald, Hugh Jackman and a New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. Kotb pronounced it “felt like a Broadway show with tons of humor, lots of tears, and finished with a station ovation.”

When a use was over, bagpipers streamed out of a church and played several songs, including New York, New York, as guest done their exit. About 500 spectators and during slightest 100 members of a media lined a streets outside.

Among them was James Wheeler, 30, wearing a sharp-witted outfit as a reverence to Rivers.

“Keep it bright, keep it exciting, like she lived her life,” Wheeler said. “I wish that she would like (my attire). It’s a small non-traditional.”

“Like her, we don’t trust in domestic correctness. Say what we have to say,” pronounced Kolu Baysah. “I unequivocally didn’t come to contend goodbye. She didn’t trust in goodbyes. we came to contend hello.”

In Rivers’ 2012 book, I Hate Everyone … Starting With Me, she wrote that she wanted a red runner and pathetic Meryl Streep during her funeral. There were no outside sightings of either, as military worked a crowds revelation TV stations to get absolved of their lights and uncover their credentials.

Rivers, 81, died Thursday during Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was rushed Aug. 28 after she stopped respirating during medicine on her outspoken cords during an endoscopy clinic.

At New York Fashion Week, stylists, designers and fashionistas contend a late Joan Rivers will leave a blank in a conform community.

“It is with good unhappiness that we announce a genocide of my mother, Joan Rivers,” Melissa Rivers pronounced in a statement. “She upheld peacefully during 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and tighten friends. My son and we would like to appreciate a doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for a extraordinary caring they supposing for my mother.

“Cooper and we have found ourselves shamed by a escape of love, support, and prayers we have perceived from around a world. They have been listened and appreciated. My mother’s biggest fun in life was to make people laugh. Although that is formidable to do right now, we know her final wish would be that we lapse to shouting soon.”

Rivers, who was actively punishment her latest amusement book this year, was creation headlines adult to a final minute, lifting eyebrows, as she had so many times in a past, with jokes and remarks noticed as insensitive, unfunny or politically incorrect.

She joked about a Holocaust and a Haiti earthquake, recently suggested Michelle Obama is “transgender” and stormed out of a CNN interview in a fury after ostensible to mistake a questions.

Mostly, she didn’t apologize, or usually grudgingly. Rivers, who had some-more than 2 million Twitter followers, didn’t trust she went too far. “Life is tough. Life is tough. we usually think, ‘Make them laugh,’ ” she told USA TODAY in a new interview.

On Friday, a mouthpiece for a city medical examiner, Julie Bolcer, pronounced that an initial autopsy did not settle a transparent means of genocide and that some-more tests, such as toxicology, still have to be completed, a Associated Press reported.

Meanwhile, an review of a hospital where Rivers was taken ill, a Yorkville Endoscopy clinic, was launched by state health officials, who aren’t commenting on what they’re looking at.

Contributing: Maria Puente, Associated Press

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