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Joan Rivers. Credit: Getty Images

It seems like Joan Rivers is determined to make as much of an impact in death as she did in life.

Following her passing overnight in the US at the age of 81, the late female comedian's words have come back to hilariously haunt us all.

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While Joan spoke of death and getting older repeatedly throughout the years, it was perhaps her funeral requests, outlined in her 2012 book, I Hate Everyone... Starting With Me, that will be some of her most memorable material.

"When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything's in your name,)" Joan wrote, jokingly reassuring her daughter Melissa Rivers. "I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action."

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"I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene!" she described.

"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.

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"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."

Joan and daughter Melissa. Credit: Getty Images

In Melissa Rivers' statement today confirming Joan's passing, she referenced her mother's inimitable sense of humour.

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

For once in our lives we're going to say that we can't wait for the funeral.

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