Joan Rivers’ fans and loved ones are grieving the legendary comedienne’s death Thursday as new details emerge on how Melissa Rivers made the 81-year-old star more comfortable during her final days on earth.
“Joan wasn’t brain dead, but she was only being kept alive by machines,” a source tells RadarOnline.com exclusively. “It was only a matter of time before Joan passed away.”
In the days following the routine vocal chord surgery that went terribly wrong, Melissa moved comatose Joan to a private room at Manhattan’s Mount Sinai.
There, a parade of family, friends and colleagues, including Cindy Adams and the president of E!, visited the hospital to offer Melissa their condolences and say their final grief-stricken goodbyes to Joan.
Adams reveals that the room was decked out in flowers, plants, bows and other décor designed by celebrity event star Preston Bailey.
Joan was also kept comfortable with a Dennis Basso mink blanket and show tunes from Oklahoma! playing on a CD player.
And though the funny lady wasn’t conscious during her final days, Adams reveals her pal was kept immaculate thanks to a team of makeup artists, hairdressers and even manicurists, who painted her nails purple and white and her toenails green.
Joan’s most faithful friends — a Havenese and a Japanese Chin — snuggled and comforted their unconscious master before her death.
“My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother,” Melissa said following her mom’s death.
“Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world.”
A funeral for Joan will be held at Temple Emanu-El in New York City on Sunday.