Joan Rivers will receive red-carpet treatment at her funeral service, scheduled to take place Sunday, Us Weekly reported, citing an insider. The 81-year-old comedienne, who died Thursday after spending nearly a week at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on life support, had wished for a star-studded funeral.
Rivers’ funeral will be held at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan and a red carpet will be placed outside the venue for the “Fashion Police” host’s family and friends to walk upon. According to the magazine, the red carpet will be then taken up and be buried with Rivers. On Friday, Rivers’ daughter Melissa visited the funeral home to make the final arrangements for her mother’s farewell. According to reports, the funeral will be a private one and will be attended by close family and friends.
"I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action,” Rivers wrote about how she wanted her funeral to go in her 2012 book “I Hate Everyone… Starting with Me.”
Meanwhile, the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office reportedly said that the initial autopsy report of Rivers was inconclusive and additional tests need to be conducted to determine “the cause and manner of death.”
A representative for the New York State Department of Health also reportedly said that they have launched an investigation into the matter, focusing its attention on the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic, where Rivers underwent a throat surgery.
A source told TMZ that the clinic was well equipped to handle critical situations or life and death emergencies. The source also added that the nurses and physicians at the clinic are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
The health department has reportedly reviewed documents related to Rivers’ case and will be interviewing the staff members who treated her.