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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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Prince Charles: Joan Rivers is 'utterly irreplaceable'

Prince Charles talks to Joan Rivers at the Royal Albert Hall in 2012. Credit: PA

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Joan Rivers, a Clarence House spokesperson said.

Prince Charles said:

Joan Rivers was an extraordinary woman with an original and indefatigable spirit, an unstoppable sense of humour and an enormous zest for life.

She will be hugely missed and utterly irreplaceable.

– Prince of Wales

Joan Rivers was a guest at Charles and Camilla's wedding in 2005 and performed for at the "We Are Most Amused" comedy gala, in aid of The Prince's Trust, for the Prince of Wales' 60th birthday.

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