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Melissa Rivers speaks publicly for first time after Joan Rivers' funeral

Melissa Rivers, right, and her son Cooper, following

Melissa Rivers, right, and her son Cooper, following the funeral her mother Joan Rivers at the Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, Sept. 7, 2014. Credit: Bryan Smith

Melissa Rivers, sole child of the late comedian Joan Rivers, has spoken publicly for the first time since her mother's death on Sept. 4.

"As my son Cooper and I mourn the loss of my mother, we want to thank everyone for the beautiful cards and flowers conveying heartfelt messages and condolences, which continue to arrive from around the world and through social media," Rivers, 46, wrote on her WhoSay page. Cooper, 13, is her son with ex-husband John Endicott, a horse breeder.

"My mother would have been overwhelmed by the scope and depth of the love that people have expressed for her," she continued. "It is certainly helping to lift our spirits during this time. We are forever grateful for your kindness and support in continuing to honor my mother's legacy, and for remembering the joy and laughter that she brought to so many."

Rivers additionally will help honor her mother in a television special Friday night at 8 on E! Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos, Joan Rivers' co-hosts on the E! series "Fashion Police," join executive producer Melissa on-air in the tribute "Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan." The program includes behind-the-scenes footage, reminiscences from family and friends and a clips collection of especially humorous or prototypically candid, Joan Riverseque moments.

Additionally, WNET/13 will air the 2010 documentary "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.

Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest on Aug. 28 while undergoing a procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan. She died six days later, at age 81.

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