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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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Barbara Taylor Bradford: Joan's death is a 'great loss'

Best-selling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford says the death of comedian Joan Rivers is "a great loss" to her family, friends and fans.

Best-selling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford Credit: PA Images

Aside from her humour and comedic talents, Joan also made her friends laugh in private. Hospitable and generous to a fault, she was loyal and always there for all of us. She will be terribly missed

– Novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford

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