Melissa Rivers kissed mom's casket ahead of cremation

Joan Rivers‘ daughter said a heartfelt last goodbye to the comedy legend — kissing her casket and biting back tears — moments before her mom’s body was transported to a New Jersey crematorium on Saturday.

Clutching her son’s shoulder, Melissa Rivers, bent over the mahogany casket for an emotional final farewell outside Frank E. Campbell funeral home on the Upper East Side.

She then turned to her young son, Cooper, and touched him tenderly on the cheek before the hearse pulled away.


A team of pallbearers had carried the coffin, which was adorned with flowers, to the hearse around 10 a.m.

About a half hour later, drivers unloaded the casket at the Garden State Crematory in Union City, where Rivers’ body will be cremated before her funeral Sunday at Temple Emanu-El on the Upper East Side.

The 81-year-old E! fashion critic died Thursday after she stopped breathing during a throat procedure last week.