Joan Rivers tragically passed away at the age of 81 on Sept. 4, but the funny lady will always continue to make us laugh. Before her death, the legendary comedienne laid out her funeral plans, and they are just as glamorous as you would expect!
The world lost a legend on Sept. 4, when comedienne, Joan Rivers passed away at the age of 81 after going into cardiac arrest during an operation on her vocal chords on Aug. 28. Before her tragic passing, Joan joked about her glamorous funeral plans in her 2012 book, I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me, and they include some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, such as Beyoncé, 33, and Meryl Streep, 65.
Joan Rivers Funeral Wishes
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Melissa Rivers, 46, released a statement on Sept. 4, announcing that Joan had passed away. In her emotional message she said, “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.” Joan is helping us to do that with the list
According to E!, the funny lady had laid out exactly how she wanted her funeral to be. Her first instruction was that everything goes to her beloved daughter, Melissa. The site reports that she was not interested in keeping the funeral private, and wrote that she wanted it to be an event. She said in her book, “I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action. I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way.”
Joan continued, “”I don’t want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents.”I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag,” she said.”
Her final wish was, “And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing like Beyoncé’s.”
Joan will be missed.
A source revealed to HollywoodLife.com exclusively Joan’s loved ones said their final goodbyes to the legend.”Taking Joan out of Intensive Care was the first step to prepare for Joan’s death,” a source revealed. “Melissa wanted to keep her alive until everyone that was close to her had a chance to say goodbye. The writing was on the wall and she wanted people to honor her that knew her one last time before they gave up and then let the world mourn with them.”
Hollywood certainly lost a legend, and on the Sept. 4, episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live the host paid tribute to the trailblazer in a touching clip from a former appearance that she made on his show.
In the funny clip, Joan joked about how she wanted her grandson to be gay, so she could tell him how she used to know Judy Garland. Joan, who was 80 years old at the time, was quick-witted as ever.
Jimmy Kimmel, 46, said, “My thoughts go out to Joan’s daughter Melissa and her grandson. The good news is there’s less pressure on him to be gay now. There’s less pressure on all of us to be gay now. We will miss you, Joan.”
Our thoughts go out to Melissa, Cooper and all of Joan’s loved ones during this devastating time.
— Caitlin Beck