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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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Melissa says goodbye as stars mourn Joan Rivers

The funeral of comedian Joan Rivers has been held in Manhattan, attended by celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Osbourne and her daughter Melissa.

Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa leaves her mother's funeral today with her son Cooper. Credit: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The service opened with the New York City Gay Men's Chorus and closed with the bagpipe band of New York City Police Department, while actor Hugh Jackman was reported to have performed Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage from his musical The Boy From Oz.

Rabbi Joshua Davidson led opening prayers: "We mourn with her family, friends and all those millions to whom she brought laughter and joy."

Tributes to the 81-year-old comedian came from Melissa, friend Margie Stern and gossip columnist Cindy Adams.

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