Joan Rivers' sister dies

Joan Rivers' sister dies

Veteran comedienne Joan Rivers has cancelled her upcoming 80th birthday celebrations following the death of her sister on Monday.

Lawyer Barbara Waxler passed away peacefully surrounded by family members, according to an obituary published by the Main Line Media News.

Rivers, who turns 80 on 8 June, was due to host a party for 300 people at the Metropolitan Club in New York City on Wednesday, but New York Post gossip column Page Six reports the bash has now been postponed.

The funnywoman is believed to have travelled to Pennsylvania to attend her sister's funeral.

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