Cooper Endicott, Melissa Rivers’ Son, Attends Joan Rivers’ Funeral With Mother (+Pictures)

By Zachary Stieber
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September 8, 2014 Updated: September 8, 2014

Cooper Endicott, the grandson of Joan Rivers, attended the legend’s funeral over the weekend with his mother Melissa Rivers.

Endicott and and Rivers were among a star-studded crowd at the Templa Emanu-El in New York City.

Melissa gave a tribute to Joan, speaking about how she respected her mother, who died Thursday at 81, and appreciated everyone’s support.

TV anchor Deborah Norville, close friend Margie Stern, and columnist Cindy Adams also gave tributes.

A legion of notables turned out to remember Rivers: comedians Kathy Griffin, Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg; E! network “Fashion Police” colleague and friend Kelly Osbourne; Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick; and celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz.

Theater stars Bernadette Peters, Alan Cumming and Tommy Tune were there. Record producer Clive Davis was, too. Fashion designers Carolina Herrera, Dennis Basso and Michael Kors were in attendance. Stars from TV such as Barbara Walters, Geraldo Rivera, Diane Sawyer, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb and Andy Cohen. Late night band leader Paul Shaffer. And moguls Barry Diller, Donald Trump and Steve Forbes.

Cooper and Melissa both appeared after the funeral, holding hands as they exited the building.

The somber mother and son made their way into a waiting limousine. Neither spoke to reporters. 

Melissa Rivers (center R) and son Cooper Endicott (center L) attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Melissa Rivers (center R) and son Cooper Endicott (center L) attend the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014 after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during vocal cord surgery on August 28, 2014. (D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Cooper Endicott and Melissa Rivers depart the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
Cooper Endicott and Melissa Rivers depart the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Melissa Rivers and her son Cooper Endicott look out the window of a car as they leave the funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Melissa Rivers and her son Cooper Endicott look out the window of a car as they leave the funeral service for comedian Joan Rivers at Temple Emanu-El in New York Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Rivers died Thursday at 81. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

(L-R) Television personality and actress Joan Rivers, Cooper Endicott, and television personality Melissa Rivers pose for a picture on location for the filming of her reality show 'Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best' at Theatre 80 St. Marks on September 3, 2011 in New York, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
(L-R) Television personality and actress Joan Rivers, Cooper Endicott, and television personality Melissa Rivers pose for a picture on location for the filming of her reality show ‘Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best’ at Theatre 80 St. Marks on September 3, 2011 in New York, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Actress Melissa Rivers and son Cooper attend the Los Angeles premiere of the Dreamworks Pictures' film 'Shrek 2' at the Mann Village Theatre May 8, 2004 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Actress Melissa Rivers and son Cooper attend the Los Angeles premiere of the Dreamworks Pictures’ film ‘Shrek 2’ at the Mann Village Theatre May 8, 2004 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Cooper, 14, was born to Melissa and John Endicott in 2000.

Melissa and john were married in 1998 and divorced in 2003. Cooper still spends time with his father. For instance, he was with him for a while while Melissa was with her mother in the hospital.

Cooper’s full name is Edgar Cooper Endicott, the first name being a tribute to Melissa’s grandfather and Joan’s late husband Edgar Rosenberg, who tragically committed suicide decades ago.

Melissa, talking about her son to the Daily Mail in 2011, said Edgar’s suicide still has a deep effect on her. “It hits me when I look at Cooper, because Dad’s not around to enjoy his grandson. Cooper knows my dad isn’t here, and one day I’ll talk to him about it, but there’s no need for a ten-year-old to know about these things.”

She added about Cooper: “My son Cooper has just turned ten and the sarcasm fairy has already started to take up residence inside his body. Not only am I living with my mother – again! – but I’ve also got her mini-me to contend with.”

Cooper is known to many for appearing on Melissa and Joan’s reality television show, and Ok Magazine told Melissa that Cooper “might be the most normal child on reality TV.”

“Well that’s because he is, and I think it’s all recessive genetics to be honest. First of all, I’m very lucky, I have intrinsically a good kid. And I know how lucky I’ve been since day one. He’s always been fairly easy. I had Cooper in December and was back on the red carpet in January. I picked him up and took him to work with me, you know took him to my dressing room. So he’s been raised the same way I was, which is that work is such a big part of our lives,” she said.

“I’m so blessed because he’s so normal. You know what? I’m just lucky. And I do try to keep very clear delineations about what is TV and what is private. I’m very clear on what he participates in and what of his life is shown, much more than I am with mine. I know clearly where the line is with him.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.