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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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Clinic under investigation over Joan Rivers operation

The New York state health department is investigating the circumstances surrounding Joan Rivers' cardiac arrest during a routine procedure at a Manhattan doctor's office last week.

Spokesman James O'Hare said the department is looking into "the whole matter", declining to discuss specifics.

Rivers was rushed to hospital after the complications during surgery, and died today aged 81.

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