Joan Rivers, the brash, pioneering comedian who paved the way for women in stand-up comedy, died in a New York hospital a week after she stopped breathing during an outpatient medical procedure on her vocal cords.  Photograph: Chris Ramirez/ New York Times service

Comedian Joan Rivers, who passed away last month at 81, died of a complication during a medical procedure that caused oxygen deprivation to the brain,(...)

Actors Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker at  the funeral of  Joan Rivers  in New York. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Family and friends bade farewell to Joan Rivers, the outspoken comedian who became famous around the world for her acerbic wit and brash style, at a p(...)

 Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El today. Photograph: Getty Images
Funeral of Joan Rivers held in New York
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  • September 7, 2014, 16:34

A host of stars have attended the funeral of American comedian Joan Rivers, giving her the send-off she had asked for.The 81-year-old died last Thursd(...)

Joan Rivers. US talk-show host David Letterman said the force of her comedy was overpowering. Photograph: Jeff Schear/Getty Images

Comedians, friends and fans yesterday paid tribute and mourned the loss of Joan Rivers, the sassy, sharp-tongued, comedy legend who died a week after (...)

 Comedian Joan Rivers has died after being removed from life supports following complications during surgery. Photograph: Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Comedian, writer and outrageous television personality Joan Rivers died yesterday aged 81. Best known for hurling cutting barbs at fellow celebriti(...)

Comedian Joan Rivers, who has died aged 81,  arrives for  a presentation of the Badgley Mischka Fall/Winter  collection during New York Fashion Week in 2012. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Files/Reuters.

The comedian Joan Rivers has died, her daughter announced tonight. She was 81.Rivers suffered a cardiac arrest during throat surgery on her vocal cord(...)

T he old dear’s had more work done on her face. She looks like someone beat a swarm of bees off Sharon Osbourne’s face with a pair of running spikes. (...)