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Rivers leaves money to Jewish groups

In her $150 million will, comedian makes bequests to relatives, staff and charities

Renee Ghert-Zand is a reporter and feature writer for The Times of Israel.

Joan Rivers (left), and daughter Melissa Rivers at the 2013 Matrix New York Women in Communications Awards, in New York, April 22, 2013. (photo credit: AP/Evan Agostini/Invision)
Joan Rivers (left), and daughter Melissa Rivers at the 2013 Matrix New York Women in Communications Awards, in New York, April 22, 2013. (photo credit: AP/Evan Agostini/Invision)

Several Jewish organizations are to receive portions of Joan River’s reported $150 million fortune, according to the late comedian’s will, which was filed Tuesday.

According to legal documents obtained by the New York Post, Rivers left money to the Jewish Guild for the Blind in Manhattan, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and the Jewish Home and Hospital Foundation in Manhattan, among other organizations and institutions.

Information about specific sums Rivers left to various beneficiaries is reportedly not contained in the  will, which leaves her money in a blind trust whereby the executors have full discretion over the trust’s assets, its beneficiaries having no knowledge of the trust’s holdings.

The late comedian’s daughter Melissa Rivers is named as one of the co-executors of the estate. She will also inherit all of her mother’s tangible property.

Rivers also left bequests to her grandson, niece and nephew, and five of her staff members.

One of the inheriting staffers, Sabrina Lott Miller, called her late boss “generous to a fault.”

Rivers died at age 81 in early September, a week after going in to cardiac arrest while undergoing a laryngoscopy, a routine procedure in which a doctor examines the back of the throat and vocal cords. The New York City medical examiner’s office found that the cause of death was a lack of oxygen during surgery.

It was reported that Melissa Rivers is planning to file a multi million-dollar medical malpractice suit against the clinic where the medical procedure was performed on her mother.

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