Losing someone is never easy but when you lose that special someone who makes you laugh, even the stars seem to shine a little less bright.


It has been a tough summer for the entertainment industry, especially now that another beloved legend has passed on. Probably the hardest working woman in Hollywood, the industry lost its supernova when Joan Rivers passed away last week at 81. Her funeral took place Sunday morning in New York City, where dozens of the late star’s showbiz peers and other celebrities were in attendance — in an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine just weeks before her death, Rivers apparently prohibited Michelle Obama and singer Adele from attending her funeral.


E! News reported on Sunday’s ceremony and included the following remarks on the network’s site:


“The tearful, emotional and often humorous service was conducted by Rabbi Joshua Davidson and included performances of Broadway show tunes by Tony winner Hugh Jackman, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and the New York City police Department Emerald Society bagpipers and drummers.”



Especially heartfelt, the funeral featured Joan’s closest companions and readings from Joan’s daughter, Melissa. Rivers had such an ability to stun and shock that even one of the steeliest in the business, Howard Stern, was touched by her mentorship.


“The funeral also included jokes by her friend, Sirius XM radio shock jock Howard Stern, who had interviewed her several times on his show. Joan’s daughter Melissa Rivers read a sweet letter to her mother, while the comedienne’s other friends also delivered tributes to the late icon.”


Perhaps the star’s greatest personal accomplishment was raising her daughter Melissa. The two valued their mother-daughter bond so much so that the two even starred on their own reality series together. A proud grandmom, Rivers loved her Cooper while the three relished their own little family unit.


The saddest thing is, those closest to Joan didn’t believe it was her time to go. If you examine her career’s arc it really wasn’t. The comedienne had many highs and lows both in her working and personal lives but both were beginning to magically align in her final months. The star had just debuted a memoir earlier this summer, Diary of a Mad Diva, following up on her success as host of E!’s Fashion Police  and winner of Celebrity Apprentice.


It was surely not her time to go; she was on top of the world and the world opened her with open arms once again. The stars gain her while we mourn for her. We will crave her crass sense of humor and poignant, honest and outrageous remarks. Our culture’s collective memory sustains the loss and what remains. We love you, Joan. The stand-up in Heaven must be gold.


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