Update (September 5, 2014):
More details now about Joan’s funeral, which is scheduled for Sunday, September 7, in New York City’s Temple Emanu-El. An insider tells Us Weekly the legendary entertainer will have a red carpet at her funeral for friends and family to walk upon. It will then be placed inside her casket before burial. It’s a fitting touch for a woman who helped define what it means to walk the red carpet.
Original story (September 4, 2014):
Joan Rivers, who passed away September 4, will be paid to rest this Sunday, according to a statement from her rabbi.
“It is a terribly sad day for all of us,” Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson tells Us Weekly. “We mourn with her family, friends and all those millions to whom she brought laughter and joy.” The service will take place at Temple Emanu-El in New York, though it’s unclear at this time whether it will be open to the public.
Joan seemed to be in good health leading up to an August 28 outpatient surgery on her vocal cords, during which she reportedly stopped breathing and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition. Just one day after being moved from the ICU to a private room, while still remaining on life support, Joan’s daughter Melissa announced that her mother had passed.
During a recent talk show appearance, the comedienne made it clear that she wasn’t interested in prolonging her life if she wasn’t at the top of her game. “Do not resuscitate if I cannot get up and be able to do 90 minutes onstage in concert,” she said, joking that her lawyer tried to negotiate her down to 60 minutes if they gave her a really good opener.
Given her life’s devotion to making others laugh, Joan’s funeral is sure to be uplifting and full of humorous anecdotes from her loved ones and fellow comedians who will miss her dearly, as will we.