NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Funeral services have been set for comic legend Joan Rivers as the New York City Medical Examiner said Friday that further tests are needed to pinpoint the cause of her death.
Rivers died Thursday at the age of 81 a week after suffering complications during a routine throat procedure at a doctor’s office. Medical examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said that the “cause and manner of death” will require further studies.
Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at Temple Emanu-El, at 1 E. 65th St. Services will be private and no other details were released.
Friday morning, Melissa Rivers left her mother’s Upper East Side apartment where a makeshift memorial of flowers and messages continued to grow well into the night.
Rivers fan Bob Nesmer was one of many leaving flowers, and said he came from the same neighborhood where Rivers was born.
“I like her ‘don’t give a damn’ attitude,” Nesmer said. “I also like she says everything we’re thinking, but of course we don’t have the outlet to say everything we want to say.”
When asked about the public response to her mother’s death, she said it was, “unbelievable,” 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.
Her personal assistant, Graham Reed, delivered pizza and water to the media camped outside, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.
“She would have done this for you guys. She would have wanted you guys to have this, you’re out here all day long,” he said.