Joan Rivers on death: ‘I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair’

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Comedy legend Joan Rivers, who passed away at 81 on Thursday, had some pretty tongue-in-cheek thoughts on death and funerals.

In her 2012 book, "I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me," Rivers had an entire chapter dedicated to the subject that most would find macabre, Mashable points out.

"When I die, I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action...I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene!" Rivers wrote. "I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don't want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don't want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing "Mr. Lonely." I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyoncé's."

Rivers also compared obituaries to wedding announcements and said funerals are "just a red carpet show for dead people."

"As I get older, I'm going to a lot more funerals, and let me tell you something, it's a great pick-up scene. A graveside funeral is live eHarmony for the bereaved," Rivers wrote.

"My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh," Rivers daughter Melissa said in a statement after her death. "Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon."