Joan Rivers was 81 years old when she died on Sept. 4, but a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY why Joan’s daughter, Melissa, thought her mom would outlive her.
While Melissa Rivers, 46, continues to mourn the loss of her beloved mom Joan Rivers, HollywoodLife.com has learned that Melissa truly thought “she’d leave this earth before her mom.” Read on for more about Melissa’s “shock” after her mother’s death.
Melissa Rivers On Joan Rivers Dying: She Thought Mom Would Outlive Her
Melissa Rivers has shown so much strength since her mom passed away on Sept. 4. A source tells HollywoodLife.com that Melissa is still in “disbelief” about her mom’s passing.
“She’s still and shock and in disbelief. Joan was her mother, her best friend, her confidant. They were sisters. Melissa is a strong woman and will get through this but now, she’s in a lot of pain,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
“She’s also still in shock. In actuality, she thought she’d leave this earth before her mom. That’s just how strong and always on the go Joan was. Joan loved living,” our source reveals. Joan was 81 years old when she died, but was still working on multiple projects, like her E! show Fashion Police.
“She never slept, not even at her age. She lived life fabulously and even though she joked about dying, she didn’t want to. She wanted to outlive everyone, even buildings. The woman had this fire about her and it’s crushing to everyone that she’s no longer with us. No one saw this coming,” our source reveals.
Our thoughts continue to be with Melissa and her son Cooper Endicott, 13, as they grieve during this sad time. We already miss that “fire” that Joan was famous for.
Joan Rivers’ Funeral: Inside Her Star-Studded Memorial Service
Joan’s memorial service was glamorous and star-studded on Sept. 7 at Temple Emanu-El in New York City. We now know that Hugh Jackman, 45, gave a “scene-stealing” musical performance for the crowd of mourners.
Hugh performed the song “Quiet Please, There’s A Lady On Stage” from the hit musical The Boy From Oz. According to an eyewitness, the performance was a fitting tribute for a big personality like Joan. “Hugh Jackman, at his shamelessly scene-stealing best, then sang, and danced—and had us up on our feet clapping—through Peter Allen’s ‘Quiet, There’s a Lady on Stage,’” wrote Daily Beast writer Tim Teeman, who attended the funeral.
Our thoughts continue to be with Joan’s loved ones during this difficult time. HollywoodLifers, leave your well wishes for Joan’s family below.
— Written by Megan Ross, Reporting by Eric Ray