The details of the will of the late great comic Joan Rivers who was taken from us too soon in an unnecessary act of medical malpractice just a few months ago have been revealed in the New York Post. She gave much of her $150 million estate to charity.
Rivers’ will was filed in a Manhattan Surrogates Court yesterday. Her daughter, grandson, niece and nephew, assistants, publicist and several charities were all beneficiaries. Her daughter Melissa will serve as the executor. Rivers’ business manager Michael D Karlin and interior designer Robert Higdon were named co-executors of the living trust.
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One of the charities named in the will is the New York-based God’s Love We Deliver. Rivers had donated her prize money earned from winning the reality competition Celebrity Apprentice to it.
The Post also reported that the other charities named in the will were, Guide Dogs for the Blind in California; the Queens-based food pantry God’s Love We Deliver, where Joan was a board member; the Jewish Guild for the Blind in Manhattan; the Simon Wiesenthal Center; the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where Joan served as a spokeswoman; and the Jewish Home and Hospital Foundation in Manhattan.
Rivers also left money to a number of her staff including her publicist Scott Currie. Currie was quoted in the Post saying, “Nothing can ever make up for the loss I feel every day. She was such a big part of my life for over 25 years. She was an incredible lady.”
The late comedian’s daughter Melissa and Sara Silverman are expected to speak about her this morning in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast.