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Stars say final goodbye to Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers’ funeral was held earlier today, with Hollywood stars turning out to pay their respects.

The showbiz world mourned the loss of Joan on Thursday. She passed away after spending a week at Mount Sinai Hospital following complications while undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords at a New York Clinic.

The A-list were joined by Joan’s family, including daughter Melissa, at the private service held at Temple Emanu-El on the Upper East Side of New York earlier today.

Hundreds of mourners lined the streets to pay tribute to the late comedienne, who died at the age of 81.

Fashion designer Carolina Herrera, business mogul Donald Trump and shock jock DJ Howard Stern, who delivered the eulogy, were also in attendance.

It’s thought Joan’s send off would be typical of the star, with close friend Cindy Adams writing in Sunday's New York Post it would include performances by the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, singer Audra McDonald and Hugh Jackman.

When Joan released her 2012 book I Hate Everyone ... Starting With Me, she made light of the eventual situation of her death.

"When I die (and, yes, Melissa, that day will come; and, yes, Melissa, everything's in your name), 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!” she penned.

"I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don't want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don't want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing 'Mr. Lonely'.

"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. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce's."

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