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Joan Rivers gets the star-studded farewell she wished for

Dozens of celebrities have paid their last respects to comedian Joan Rivers in Manhattan.

Hugh Jackman and the New York Gay Men's Chorus performed at the ceremony, which was also attended by stars including Whoopi Goldberg and Sarah Jessica Parker.

The pioneering 81-year-old died after suffering a heart attack during a routine medical procedure on Thursday.

The New York state health department is now investigating the circumstances surrounding Rivers' death.

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Stars send support for hospitalised Joan Rivers

A host of famous faces have sent out messages of support for US comedian Joan Rivers, who remains in hospital after she stopped breathing during throat surgery.

Ellen De Generes, Rosie O'Donnell and Nancy Sinatra who took to Twitter to send their best wishes.

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