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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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GRL And Simon Cowell Speak Out Following Death Of Simone Battle

September 7th, 2014 8:00am EDT
GRL And Simon Cowell Speak Out Following Death Of Simone Battle
Following the the tragic death of 25 year old Simone Battle, her band mates expressed their sorrow and grief on Twitter.

“Words cannot express the depth of our loss. Simone's incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart.” read the band stunned statement via Twitter, “We will carry her memory with us in everything we do.”

We will carry her memory with us in everything we do.

— G.R.L. (@grl) September 6, 2014

We will carry her memory with us in everything we do.

— G.R.L. (@grl) September 6, 2014

Battle was found hanging in the closet of her bedroom at her home i...
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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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GRL Singer & 'X Factor' Star Simone Battle Dies Of Apparent Suicide

September 6th, 2014 3:22pm EDT
GRL Singer & 'X Factor' Star Simone Battle Dies Of Apparent Suic
G.R.L. singer Simone Battle, who rose to fame as a contestant on the U.S. "X Factor," has died of an apparent suicide.

Battle, 25, was found hanging in the closet of her bedroom at her Los Angeles home on Friday morning, according to TMZ.com. Her father discovered his daughter's lifeless body in the West Hollywood neighborhood apartment, which is considered a guest house of a larger residence.

An autopsy will be performed, according to the L.A. County Coroner's Office.

Battle competed on "X Factor" in 2011 but was voted off during the season's first live episode. She later joined the gir...
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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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Former Survivor Singer Jimi Jamison Dies At 63

September 1st, 2014 9:55pm EDT
Former Survivor Singer Jimi Jamison Dies At 63
Survivor lead singer Jimi Jamison passed away on Sunday evening after suffering a heart attack. He was 63.

Jameson's agent, Sally Irwin, confirmed the news with TMZ on Monday. The band had just finished up the first leg of its summer tour on Saturday and were on break until September 12, when the tour is set to pick up in Parker, Colorado.

"Survivor is very shocked & saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison," the band posted on Twitter and Facebook Monday evening. "Our thoughts,love & prayers go out to his friends & family."

Jamison began his career with the band Cobra before ...
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Former Jethro Tull Bass Player Glenn Cornick Dies At 67

August 30th, 2014 10:36am EDT
Former Jethro Tull Bass Player Glenn Cornick Dies At 67
Bass player Glenn Cornick died of congestive heart failure at his home in Hilo, Hawaii, on Thursday. The rocker, 67, was an original member of Jethro Tull and performed with the band from 1968 until 1970.

His son Drew Cornick says his dad had been receiving hospice care prior to his death, according to Billboard.com. He called his father "brilliant and cantankerous" up until his death.

Jethro Tull vocalist and floutist, Ian Anderson, wrote on the band's website: "Glenn was a man of great bonhomie and ready to befriend anyone – especially fellow musicians. Always cheerful, he brought to t...
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