Loved Ones Gather to Bid Farewell to Joan Rivers

(CNN) — Family and friends will bid farewell to comedian Joan Rivers on Sunday morning during a private funeral at a Jewish temple in Manhattan.

Rivers, 81, died in a New York hospital last week after suffering cardiac arrest while undergoing a medical procedure.

The raspy-voiced comedian was a household name. Brash and sassy, she poked fun at herself and the world in sometimes vicious, but witty, zingers.

She was as quick-witted as she was sharp-tongued, saying things everyone was thinking, but few were brave enough to voice.

“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said last week.

“Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Rivers had been on life support at Manhattan’s Mount Sinai hospital, where she was taken after she stopped breathing at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic on August 28.

Rivers was undergoing an apparently minor elective procedure at the clinic when she suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest, according to the New York Fire Department.

Paramedics took her by ambulance to Mount Sinai Hospital, about a mile from the clinic, where she was initially listed in critical condition.

The state health department is investigating whether there was any malpractice by the doctors and the staff at Yorkville Endoscopy clinic, according to New York law enforcement officials.

No criminal investigations are currently under way in Rivers’ death, the officials said. The clinic has not responded to repeated calls from CNN about the state’s investigation.

Her family has not shared much information about her medical condition.

Details on her funeral at Temple Emanu-El were not immediately available.

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