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Rivers leaves money for charities

US comedian Joan Rivers left money in her will for some of her favourite charities, including Guide Dogs for the Blind, Jewish Guild Healthcare and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

According to her 2014 will, which was filed in New York State Surrogate's Court, Rivers made her daughter Melissa Rivers her will's executor with "the broadest and most absolute permissible direction" over a fortune that has been estimated as high as 150 million US dollars (£96 million).

Other charities she singled out were the New York-based food pantry God's Love We Deliver, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and the Jewish Home and Hospital Foundation in Manhattan.

Rivers died on September 4, aged 81, of brain damage due to lack of oxygen. She had stopped breathing during an endoscopy days earlier.

She asked that her business manager Michael D Karlin and interior designer Robert Higdon be named co-executors of the living trust. Specifics of her assets and how they will be divided have not been disclosed.

Bequests were made to her assistants, Sabrina Lott and Jocelyn Pickett, her publicist Scott Currie, and Rivers' niece and nephew, Caroline Waxler and Andrew Waxler.

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