Celebrities, Fans Mourn Comedy Legend Joan Rivers

Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel and David Letterman were among those honoring the comedian's life.
5:24 | 09/05/14

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And what an outpouring of love for Joan rivers this morning. There's a live look outside her home in Manhattan. Fans leaving flowers overnight. Her comedy was great but she had a tender side as well. Final performance last week. The night before she went in for a relatively minor procedure and she was aware what kept her at the top of the comedy world. She said, I succeed by saying what everyone else is thinking. But are afraid to say and she was not. Her funeral is set for Sunday and we have a special tribute for her this morning. ABC's Mara schiavocampo has the latest on the plans and the worldwide outpouring of support right now. Good morning, Mara. Reporter: Robin, good morning. As you mentioned, fans have been leaving flowers here outside rivers' apartment building throughout the night along with messages of love and support. Many celebrities also sharing their condolences. This as an official investigation is now launched looking into exactly what led to the death of the comedic legend. Exactly one week after being rushed to a Manhattan hospital, Joan rivers passed away. Her only child, daughter Melissa saying "She passed peacefully surrounded by family and close friends." Adding "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that's difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon." Rivers suffered a ed cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure at this Manhattan clinic last Thursday. The department of health launching into an investigation into the clinic looking into the unanswered questions of just what happened. Although a source tells ABC news that there is no suspicion of wrongdoing, an autopsy will also be conducted on the comedian. Overnight an outpouring of mourners comforting Melissa returning to her mother's apartment just hours after her passing. A sentiment shared far and wide. She loved her job so much she never wanted to stop and she didn't have to stop because she was so great at it. Oh, my god, the force and power of her comedy was overwhelming. I love your hair. You have to tell me where you bought it. That's Joan. Ellen DeGeneres tweeting "Joan rivers will always be a pioneer." Though known best for her comedy, rivers did have her serious moments. Seen speaking candidly and without makeup in this episode of the reality show "Joan and Melissa: Joan knows best." An amazing life that in her most recent book she said she wanted honored with an equally Ms. Funeral. When I die, and, yes, Melissa, the day will come and, yes, Melissa, everything is still in your name, I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights and cameras and action. I want kraaf services and paparazzi and publicists making a scene. I want it to be Hollywood all the way. Don't give me some rabbi rambling away. I want Meryl Streep crying in five different accents. I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want harry Winston to make me a toe tag. I want a wind machine so strong even the casket my hair will be blowing more than beyonce's on stage. Now, as you mentioned earlier the funeral issic thatting place Sunday here in New York. No word yet on whether it will be public but as you just heard rivers certainly wanted it to be a huge affair. George. Oh, she did and just an example of how she made us laugh and made us squirm so often at the same time, here joarivers in her own words. I was such a dog to get me down the aisle they threw a bone. You know what I'm saying? My husband and I no longer see eye to eye, but he doesn't find me sexually attractive. Last night I said do you find me sexy. I'd rather not find you away. I worked a jewish nightclub. We had a two complaint minimum. I am at the age now I have liver spots, yes, and my dog tried to eat my hand. My house is so filthy, oh, Michael Jackson puts on both gloves before he walks in. You don't know. You know what it's like to have a hot flash so bad it sets your dress on fire. My wedding, bring along something black and sexy, I brought along Diana Ross. That's the one great thing about living in Beverly hill, kids are allergic to plastic. I'm in awe of people who sing. I sang once for Barbara streisand and her eyes crossed the other way. It was just -- very good friend is Nicole kidman. Okay. You know, gorgeous -- no humor but god bless her. 125 feet tall. Three pound, always in a red dress with a white face, looks like a ketchup bottle. And no humor. I was wearing a mustard dress. I said, look, we're condiments.

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