Crowds gather for private Joan Rivers funeral | By Aaron Kanaan for MailOnline | 07 September 2014

The comedienne's heartbroken daughter, Melissa Rivers, leaves her home en route to the funeral

The comedienne’s heartbroken daughter, Melissa Rivers, leaves her home en route to the funeral

Joan Rivers Memorial held at Temple Emanu-el brings out the stars on Fifth Avenue

Joan Rivers Memorial held at Temple Emanu-el brings out the stars on Fifth Avenue

Whoopi Goldberg arrives for the Funeral of Joan Rivers

Whoopi Goldberg arrives for the Funeral of Joan Rivers

Respects: US actress Sarah Jessica Parker, her husband US actor Matthew Broderick (R) and their son

Respects: US actress Sarah Jessica Parker, her husband US actor Matthew Broderick (R) and their son

Kathy Lee Gifford

Kathy Lee Gifford

Overcome: A somber Diane Sawyer leaves the funeral service for Joan Rivers on Sunday afternoon

Overcome: A somber Diane Sawyer leaves the funeral service for Joan Rivers on Sunday afternoon

Rivers' daughter Melissa (center, front) and grandson leave Temple Emanu-El after the funeral  

Rivers’ daughter Melissa (center, front) and grandson leave Temple Emanu-El after the funeral  

Emerald Society led the funeral's exit procession playing 'New York'

Emerald Society led the funeral’s exit procession playing ‘New York’

The service program featured quotes from the funnywoman, who wanted to 'look better dead'

The service program featured quotes from the funnywoman, who wanted to ‘look better dead’

Bagpipes played 'New York, New York' as they led the funeral procession from Temple Emanu-El

Bagpipes played ‘New York, New York’ as they led the funeral procession from Temple Emanu-El

Crowds gathered outside Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue to watch as a procession of stars

Crowds gathered outside Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue to watch as a procession of stars

Actress Bernadette Peters arrives for the ceremony

Actress Bernadette Peters arrives for the ceremony

•Legion of notables shows up at New York’s Temple Emanu-El to remember the legend, who died at 81 on Thursday

•Among the crowds: Kathy Griffin, Whoopie Goldberg, Howard Stern

•In her book, the comedic star revealed that she hoped for ‘a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action’

•Scores of fans, friends and family visited Joan Rivers’ apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Friday following her death

•Autopsy found no cause of death pending additional tests as New York medical examiner continues to investigate

•The NYPD is now also investigating the death of the comedienne

•Rivers’ daughter Melissa said a heartbreaking goodbye to her mother on Saturday

Even in death, Joan Rivers got what she wanted: A star-studded funeral.

On Sunday morning, a legion of notables turned out at New York’s Temple Emanu-El to remember Rivers, who died Thursday at 81: Kathy Griffin, whose edgy, biting comedy career was largely made possible by Rivers; colleague and friend Kelly Osbourne; Sarah Jessica Parker and Whoopi Goldberg; Howard Stern.

Theater stars Bernadette Peters, Alan Cumming and Tommy Tune were there. Record producer Clive Davis arrived, too. Fashion designers Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors were there.

Stars from TV such as Barbara Walters, Geraldo Rivera, Diane Sawyer, Kathie Lee, Hoda Kotb and Andy Cohen. And moguls Barry Diller, Donald Trump and Steve Forbes.

The comedian detailed in her 2012 book ‘I Hate Everyone … Starting With Me’ that she hoped for ‘a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action’ and ‘Hollywood all the way.’

Instead of a rabbi talking, Rivers asked for ‘Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents’ and ‘a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce’s.’

In her book, Rivers joked that dying of natural causes was boring. ‘It’s the grand finale, act three, the eleven o’clock number — make it count. If you’re going to die, die interesting! Is there anything worse than a boring death? I think not.’

The star’s funeral comes on the heels of a revelation that the New York Police Department is investigating the death of Rivers.

Rivers told an interview recorded nearly three decades ago how she was scared of undergoing anesthesia because of the heart condition she suffered, it has emerged.

Then 50-year-old Joan Rivers appeared on Good Morning America revealing that she was suffering from a heart condition that terrified her – especially in relation to surgical anesthesia.

Her funeral was anything but boring — just how she wanted it.

Goldberg, wearing a choir-like robe with different color shoes, waved a cheering crowd 4,500 -strong as she walked in.

Donald Trump caused a stir when he came in. His daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband were there, too.

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