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Comedian Joan Rivers, who died after suffering a heart attack, always knew she wanted to leave this world with a bang and in her 2012 book, I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me she does not hold back in giving specific details for her "huge showbiz" funeral.

This includes being buried in a Valentino gown, having a wind machine so her hair "will be blowing like Beyonce's and "having Meryl Streep crying in five different accents".

The unforgettable comic, who was best known for her one liners and penchant for plastic surgery, passed away peacefully on Thursday surrounded by friends and family after being put on life support at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital.

Her funeral will be held at the Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan on Sunday.

From an extract from her book, Jewish-born Rivers, gives specific details to her daughter Melissa surrounding the memorial service.

It reads: "I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! 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 Beyonce's."

Previously, Rivers has expressed her views about funerals, writing: "I love funerals! To me a funeral is just a red carpet show for dead people."

Rivers, who was put into a medically-induced coma after suffering a cardiac arrest following throat surgery, had joked before the operation about dying recently during her comedy act at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York.

She said: "I'm getting so old ... I am now 81 years old. I could die at any second. Pufft, like that. I could go like that."

Paying tribute to her death, a statement from the theatre read: "All of us are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend Joan Rivers.

"Over the last five years Ms. Rivers brightened our stage and our lives in countless ways. She brought so much joy and laughter to our staff and the thousands of audience members she entertained here."