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Fare Thee Well: Celebrities Who Passed On In 2014

December 26th, 2014 6:01pm EST
Philip Seymour Hoffman
It's that time again when we remember those celebrities we've lost throughout the year, and, unfortunately, 2014 was one year that we're looking forward to putting behind us.

The entertainment world lost a number of huge stars, ranging from legendary folks in the twilight of their lives, such as Sir Richard Attenborough, who passed away just days before his 91st birthday; Lauren Bacall, who died a month before her 90th; and prolific 99-year-old star Eli Wallach.

There was also controversy, like in the malpractice-related death of comedienne Joan Rivers and iconic Top 40 radio deejay Casey...
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Ten Surprising Celebrity Deaths Of 2014

December 9th, 2014 6:59pm EST
10 Surprising Celebrity Deaths Of 2014
Year-end death lists usually include older stars who've lived long, fulfilling lives. People aren't usually too upset to see them go to the great big beyond. But when a star fades too early, particularly under unsettling circumstances, his or her passing can be shocking.

It was well known that Robin Williams battled substance abuse and depression and had been to rehab several times for drug addiction and alcoholism. Still, his death was shocking -- particularly the circumstances. Williams killed himself on Aug. 11. Following his passing, it was revealed that the comedian battled depression...
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It’s Official, Kathy Griffin Is The New 'Fashion Police' Host

December 2nd, 2014 11:52am EST
Kathy Griffin Confirms Spot As 'Fashion Police' Host
Kathy Griffin is no longer on the D-List as she takes over hosting duties from the late Joan Rivers in the newest incarnation of "Fashion Police."

In the months following Joan Rivers' untimely passing, the future of E!'s "Fashion Police" has been up in the air, with several noted female personalities in the running for the hosting gig such as Griffin, NeNe Leakes and Sarah Silverman.

E! confirmed in a statement that Griffin will indeed host and will be joined by new panelist, celebrity stylist Brad Goreski. Co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne will remain on the panel and Melissa R...
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What Was The Cause of Joan River’s Death?

November 11th, 2014 9:37am EST
Doctor Screw Up Caused Joan Rivers Untimely Death
Joan Rivers death was caused by doctors not following proper procedure during minor surgery.

Upon a thorough investigation, the New York State Department of Health and Human Services found that there was no record the staff weighed Rivers before administering the sedative Propofol.The amount of the drug given is determined by a patient's weight. This is standard procedure when a person is sedated for any type of medical procedure.

TMZ revealed a computer at the clinic showed Rivers was given a twice the amount of Propofol then was needed for her weight.

Joan's personal doctor Gwen Korov...
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Melissa Rivers Inherits $100 Million From Mother Joan's Estate

October 23rd, 2014 9:44am EDT
Melissa Rivers
Joan Rivers left her daughter Melissa more than $100 million from her estate. The comedienne and "Fashion Star" host died in September after suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest following a routine throat procedure in New York City.

According to Us Weekly, Melissa will receive $75 million in cash and a condo in the city's Upper East Side worth $35 million. Melissa's son Cooper, 13, is also expected to receive his own inheritance.

It has previously been reported that Joan also left provisions for her four rescue dogs. The comedienne's longtime assistant Jocelyn was granted custody of t...
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Joan Rivers' Death Caused By Lack Of Oxygen To Brain

October 17th, 2014 10:18am EDT
Joan Rivers' Death Caused By Lack Of Oxygen To The Brain
Joan Rivers died of hypoxic arrest after surgery, according to a New York City medical examiner. The comedienne died in September after suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat procedure at a medical clinic. She was rushed to nearby Mount Sinai Hospital and died a week later.

Medical officials now say the "Fashion Police" host died when oxygen to her brain was cut off during the procedure, resulting in brain damage.

A spokesperson said in a statement: "OCME (Office of the Chief Medical Examiner) has completed its investigation. The cause of Ms. Rivers' death is an...
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Kathy Griffin Reportedly In Talks To Take Over 'Fashion Police' Hosting Duties

September 24th, 2014 5:01pm EDT
Kathy Griffin Reportedly In Talks To Take Over 'Fashion Police'
Joan Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, has given E! network her blessing to continue "Fashion Police" beginning in 2015. She has also reportedly tipped her hat to a replacement that Rivers would have approved of to lead the show into new territory, comedienne Kathy Griffin.

A report in London's Daily Mail reveals, "A source told the Daily Mail that Joan's daughter, Melissa Rivers, will continue as a producer on the show. The source also reveald that Kathy has been told if she wants the gig she can have it because Melissa wanted someone who her mother would have approved of. Kathy will probably ta...
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Joan Rivers Leaves $150 Million Fortune To Her Daughter & Dogs

September 18th, 2014 2:52pm EDT
Joan Rivers
It's becoming increasingly more common for people to leave portions of their fortune to their beloved pets. Joan Rivers is one of those people.

The comedienne died earlier this month after suffering a cardiac arrest during a routine throat procedure in New York City. After a star-studded funeral on Sept. 7, details about her final wishes are now being made public.

According to the New York Daily News, the bulk of Rivers' estate, worth approximately $150 million, is going to her daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper. But Rivers also made special arrangements and instructions regarding her f...
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Joan Rivers' Doctor Took A Selfie While Star Was Under Anesthesia

September 17th, 2014 8:24am EDT
Joan Rivers
Just moments before Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a routine throat surgery, one of the doctors in her procedure room reportedly took a selfie.

CNN reports that the physician, who hasn't been publicly identified, was likely the star's personal ear, nose and throat doctor. One of the staff members from Manhattan's Yorkville Endoscopy clinic told investigators about the incident.

Gastroenterologist Lawrence Cohen peformed an edoscopy on Rivers on Aug. 28. He put a camera down her throat to determine why the star's voice was so hoarse.

Rivers suffered respiratory and cardiac fa...
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Joan Rivers Remembered

September 14th, 2014 8:57am EDT
Joan Rivers People Magazine obit
Joan Rivers joked that she always wanted an A-list send-off. Her memorial on Sept. 7 in Manhattan did not disappoint. This week's issue of PEOPLE celebrates the amazing life of the legendary comedian, who died at 81 following complications from a surgical procedure.

Three days after her death, Joan's celebrity friends gathered at Temple Emanu-El for a ceremony that brought both tears and howls from the star-studded crowd.

The music was the finest Broadway could offer, with solos from Hugh Jackman and Audra McDonald, plus the Gay Men's Chorus. Credit goes to Joan's only child, Melissa, 46,...
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Rumor Patrol: Joan Rivers Fortune Goes To The Dogs, David Beckham’s Tattoo Professes Love For Beyonce & More!

September 13th, 2014 2:03pm EDT
Rumor Patrol: Joan Rivers Fortune Goes To The Dogs, David Beckha
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Joan Rivers Fortune Goes To The Dogs!: Joan Rivers made sure that upon her passing, daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper would be provided for. But, she also made special provisions for the care of her four beloved rescue dogs. How much did she leave her "babies"?

Verdict: Unbelievably True!: Joan’s goddaughter Tracie Hotchner told the Daily Mail that the iconic comedienne left “clear provisions” for ...
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Clinic Fires Doctor Who Performed Procedure On Joan Rivers

September 13th, 2014 11:08am EDT
Clinic Fires Doctor Who Performed Procedure On Joan Rivers
Yorkville Endoscopy has forced out the doctor who performed a throat procedure on Joan Rivers on Aug. 28. The comedienne was having a routine surgery in the New York City facility when she suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest. She was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital and died on Sept. 4.

Rumors surfaced that the star stopped breathing following an unscheduled biopsy; however, the clinic denies ever performing throat biopsies at the facility.

Gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence B. Cohen, who was the medical director at the facility, is no longer employed at the clinic, insiders told WABC Eyew...
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Yorkville Clinic Refutes Joan Rivers Biopsy Claims

September 11th, 2014 12:43pm EDT
Joan Rivers
A New York City clinic where Joan Rivers suffered a cardiac arrest is refuting rumors that they performed biopsies there.

Rivers' heart stopped beating in the midst of a throat operation at Yorkville Endoscopy on Aug. 28. The actress suffered a laryngospasm - a condition where her vocal cords seized up during the procedure - cutting off her air supply and sending her into cardiac arrest. She died a week later at Mount Sinai Hospital.

On Wednesday, the New York Daily News reported that Rivers lost consciousness during the procedure because her doctor performed an unplanned biopsy after spo...
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Unauthorized Biopsy On Joan Rivers' Vocal Cords May Have Led To Her Death

September 10th, 2014 12:22pm EDT
Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers might have easily been avoided if it weren't for an unplanned biopsy she had during a routine endoscopy six days before her death.

The 81-year-old comedy legend suffered cardiac arrest during a simple diagnostic procedure on her vocal cords to see why she had undergone a recent voice change.

Rivers went to the Yorkville Endoscopy center in Manhattan on August 28 for the procedure, and according to the New York Daily News one of the members of her entourage that day happened to be an ear, nose and throat specialist who saw something on one of her vocal cords and asked the docto...
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Joan Rivers' Funeral Was A Star-Studded Affair

September 8th, 2014 8:17am EDT
Sarah Jessica Parker
Joan Rivers' funeral was held in New York City on Sunday, and the list of celebrity mourners included Hollywood and Broadway star Hugh Jackman, "The View" host Whoopi Goldberg, film star Sarah Jessica Parker and "Fashion Police" co-host Kelly Osbourne.

Other famous faces who came to pay their final respects included music mogul Clive Davis; actors Matthew Broderick, Rosie O'Donnell, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters; funnywoman Kathy Griffin; fashion designers Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors; property mogul Donald Trump and newswomen Barbara Walters...
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Joan Rivers Funeral Set For Today In New York City

September 7th, 2014 9:18am EDT
Joan Rivers Funeral Set For Today In New York City
Family and a host of A-list celebrities will gather in New York City today to say goodbye to iconic comedienne Joan Rivers who was 81.

A memorial service will be held at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan at 11am ET this morning.

"It is a terribly sad day for all of us," said Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson in a ABC News statement. "We mourn with her family, friends and all those millions to whom she brought laughter and joy."

Rivers passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon at Mount Sinai hospital after being taken off life support system, while surrounded by family and friends. She suffered cardi...
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Joan Rivers Joked About Death In Final Interview

September 6th, 2014 8:17pm EDT
Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers joked about dying in one of her final interviews before she died on Thursday. The 81-year-old "Fashion Police" host had a Q&A with Closer magazine just 48 hours before she underwent a routine throat procedure when she suffered a cardiac arrest during the operation. She was pulled off life support a week later.

Rivers told the publication that exercise kept her healthy and she joked about death, saying, "I've had periods in my life when I wasn't famous and no one would give me a show, so now I never take a break. I'll sleep when I'm dead..."

The comedienne also talked about her...
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Melissa Rivers 'Doing Amazingly Well' Following Mother Joan's Death

September 6th, 2014 4:54pm EDT
Melissa Rivers
Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa is "doing amazingly well" following the death of her mother, according to a close friend of the family.

The comedienne, 81, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital on Thursday, a week after she suffered a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat procedure at a nearby clinic. The star's funeral is being held Sunday.

Close friend Martin Fletcher says Melissa, who has called the outpouring of support "humbling," has been very strong while planning her mother's funeral. Fletcher told New York's CBS News, "She is doing amazingly well. She's her mothe...
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Rumor Patrol: Joan Rivers Bizarre Funeral Wishes, Derek Hough Dating New Partner and More!

September 6th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Rumor Patrol: Joan Rivers Bizarre Funeral Wishes, Derek Hough Da
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Joan Rivers Bizarre Funeral Wishes: One of the most outspoken women in Hollywood, Joan Rivers was no stranger to shocking people with her outrageous statements. So upon her death when her bizarre funeral wishes were revealed, people were horrified at her requests!

Verdict: Tongue-In-Cheek True! Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday at 81, dedicated an entire chapter of her 2012 book, I Hate Everyone...St...
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Joan Rivers' Autopsy Proves Inconclusive

September 6th, 2014 9:13am EDT
JOan Rivers
The exact cause of Joan Rivers' death is still a mystery. An initial autopsy into the comidienne's death has proved inconclusive.

Rivers, 81, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital on Thursday, a week after suffering a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat procedure at a nearby medical office.

Coroners completed a physical examination of the "Fashion Police" star's body on Friday, but did not find a clear "cause and manner of death," a medical examiner's office rep told TMZ.com. Results from toxicology tests won't be available for several weeks.

To get a better understa...
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Joan Rivers Wanted Funeral To Be 'A Huge Showbiz Affair'

September 5th, 2014 8:28pm EDT
Joan Rivers Wanted Funeral To Be 'A Huge Showbiz Affair'
Joan Rivers, 81, died on Thursday at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City after being removed from life support following a cardiac and respiratory arrest on Aug. 28. Her funeral will be held in her native NYC on Sunday at Temple Emanu-El.

Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson said in a statement to ABC News: "It is a terribly sad day for all of us. We mourn with her family, friends and all those millions to whom she brought laughter and joy."

The comedienne had clear ideas about what she wanted at her funeral, which she detailed in her 2013 book "I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me."

She wrote: "W...
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Comedienne Joan Rivers Dies At Age 81

September 4th, 2014 4:09pm EDT
Joan Rivers
Comedienne Joan Rivers died today at the age of 81 after she was removed from life support at 1pm EST.

Melissa Rivers released a statement stating: "She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother. Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although t...
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Joan Rivers Moved From ICU To A Private Room

September 3rd, 2014 8:04pm EDT
Joan Rivers Moved From ICU To A Private Room
Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa has confirmed that her mother was moved from the intensive care unit (ICU) at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City to a private room.

According to the New York Daily News, she said in a statement: "My mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable. Thank you for your continued support."

Melissa gave no reason for the move.

The comedienne, 81, has been on life support since the weekend. She went into cardiac and respiratory arrest last Thursday while undergoing a procedure on her vocal chords.

Doctors...
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Daughter Confirms Joan Rivers Is Still On Life Support

September 2nd, 2014 8:19pm EDT
Daughter Confirms Joan Rivers Is Still On Life Support
Joan Rivers is still on life support five days after being hospitalized following routine surgery. The comedienne was rushed to Mount Sinai in New York City on Thursday after suffering from cardiac and respiratory arrest during a procedure on her vocal chords.

On Saturday doctors placed Rivers, 81, in a medically induced coma. The media has speculated that Rivers is being kept alive by machines, and her daughter Melissa has confirmed the rumors, saying her mother "does remain on life support."

Melissa also told fans: "I know my mother would be overwhelmed by the continued outpouring of ki...
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Joan Rivers' 8 Best Television Moments

September 2nd, 2014 1:01pm EDT
Joan Rivers' 8 Best Television Moments
Perhaps one of the greatest female comedienne's ever, Joan Rivers has been entertaining fans with her unique spin on life and love for fifty years. Her tell-it-like-it-is attitude has turned many people off, but even more respect her direct way of thinking. She has inspired a host of female comedienne's and reinvented herself more than any plastic surgeon could. Joan's career has been documented on television since day one, and to honor this legend, we have uncovered 8 of her best television moments of all time. Many are safe, some are NSFW, but all are hilarious!

1. A Triumphant Return...
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Joan Rivers Being Taken Out Of Medically Induced Coma, May Have Severe Brain Damage

September 1st, 2014 11:24pm EDT
Joan Rivers
Doctors began bringing comedienne Joan Rivers out of a medically induced coma on Sunday, a process that takes a couple of days to complete.

The TV star has been at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital since Friday, when she was rushed there after suffering cardiac arrest while undergoing a procedure at a medical center.

Rivers arrived in critical condition and was put in an induced coma. On Sunday, Rivers' daughter, Melissa, said she was "resting comfortably."

"We are keeping our fingers crossed," she said in a statement, also thanking fans for their support.

"Everyone keep her in your ...
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Joan Rivers 'Resting Comfortably' Despite Bleak Outlook, Daughter Melissa In Denial

August 31st, 2014 11:53am EDT
Joan and Melissa Rivers
Joan Rivers remains in a medically-induced coma and in serious condition at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

The comedienne was rushed to the hospital on Friday after suffering cardiac arrest during a procedure at a medical center and is currently on life support, according to TMZ.com.

Rivers' daughter Melissa says she's receiving the best treatment possible and has thanked fans for the outpouring of support for her 81-year-old mother. The family says she's "resting comfortably" but the outlook is bleak, and the family will reportedly have to make a decision whether or not to keep h...
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Celebrities Tweet Their Love & Prayers To Joan Rivers

August 30th, 2014 8:00am EDT
Celebrities Tweet Their Love & Prayers To Joan Rivers
Several celebrities including Charlie Sheen and Courtney Love have taken to social media website Twitter to send their support to Joan Rivers and her family.

The "Fashion Police" host, 81, was hospitalized on Thursday at Mount Sinai in New York City after suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during surgery on her vocal chords.

Rivers is currently in a medically-induced coma. She is in "serious" but "stable" condition, according to her daughter Melissa and hospital staff.

I’m thinking about you, @Joan_Rivers, and sending lots of love your way.

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) Au...
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Rumor Patrol: Joan Rivers Near Death, Jon Voight Boycotts Angelina Jolie's Wedding & More

August 30th, 2014 7:25am EDT
joan and melissa rivers
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Jon Voight Boycotts Daughter Angelina Jolie Wedding To Brad Pitt: Many years of estrangement led to speculation that when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt would tie the knot, that Jolie's father, actor Jon Voight, would not attend. But the past few years have brought a softening of father and daughter and the two have spend holidays and birthdays of the Jolie/Pitt brood together. Perhaps, by the time of...
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Joan Rivers Is 'Resting Comfortably' Following Medical Emergency, Says Daughter

August 29th, 2014 8:26am EDT
Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa has confirmed her mother is "resting comfortably" following a health scare on Thursday.

She said in a statement obtained by Us Weekly: "I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers."

The comedienne, 81, was rushed to the hospital yesterday after suffering cardiac and respiratory failure during a medical procedure on her vocal chords.

When she stopped breathing during the surgery, she was taken to Mount Sinai Ho...
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