The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards aired live on Sept. 20 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles

By Aurelie Corinthios
September 20, 2015 11:10 PM

Joan Rivers and several late celebrities received a touching tribute at the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.

A slideshow of names flickered across the screen as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” played in the background.

The list was lengthy, and in addition to Rivers, included over 40 other well-known names such as BB King, Anne Meara, Martin Milner, Donna Douglas and Frank Gifford.

The slideshow concluded on an emotional note with a clip of Leonard Nimoy as Spock from Star Trek reciting the famous Vulcan salute: “Live long and prosper.”

Rivers’ tribute was particularly poignant: the legendary comedian died at 81 on Sept. 4, 2014, a week after she stopped breathing during a routine surgical procedure on her vocal chords – and just less than two weeks after the 2014 Emmy Awards.

Rivers was a longtime fixture on TV and on the Emmys red carpet throughout her career. The late comedian’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, issued a statement on her mother’s official Twitter account on the anniversary of her tragic death: “Today marks one year since my mother passed,” reads the statement from Melissa, 47.

“This was a year of firsts: first holidays, first birthdays, first every things without mom, without grandma. While it’s been difficult, I’ve been amazed by the outpouring of love and overwhelming kindness we’ve received from family, friends and people whose lives were touched by the woman they knew as Joan – a woman we all miss very much.”

The Fashion Police host, who recently stepped into her mom’s role on the E! show, revealed earlier this month that she had scattered her mother’s ashes in Wyoming, a place that holds fond memories for the family as they would vacation there each year.

The 2015 Emmy Awards were held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Fox aired the 2015 Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, live on Sept. 20.

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