Jenni Rivera’s family, friends and thousands of fans will gather in Los Angeles to celebrate the life and music of the late “Diva de las Banda” that died early this month in a plane crash. “The Celestial Graduation” as the family calls it will take place at the Gibson Amphitheater at 10am. Pedro Jr. Rivera will lead the ceremony.
“We will celebrate the graduation into heaven, with honors, of our beloved mother, daughter and sister,” the singer’s family said in a statement.
Tickets to singer Jenni Rivera’s memorial went on sale to the general public this morning on Ticketmaster.com for $1 at
noon PT, giving fans of the regional Mexican star an opportunity to attend the event. As was expected, tickets to the event were sold out in under an hour.
Rivera, a major star in the regional Mexican genre, died along with six members of her entourage on Dec. 9 when their plane crashed after a concert in Monterrey, Mexico. The mother of five and grandmother of two was 43.
Family “Celestial Graduation” We officially inform all members of the media that on Wednesday December 19, 2012 we will celebrate the graduation into heaven, with honors, of our beloved mother, daughter and sister Jenni Rivera. The ceremony will take place at the Gibson Amphitheater from 10am to 12pm and will be led by Minister Pedro Rivera Jr. We appreciate the privacy and discretion given to the family on the day she is laid to rest. The burial services will be privately held. As a request from Jenni’s children, we ask that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Jenni Rivera Love foundation in addition to a single white rose. The Rivera family appreciates all the love given to our beloved Jenni Rivera whom graduated on December 9th and now rests in the arms of our Lord. Sincerely Rivera Family The “Diva de la Banda,” Rivera died just as her career was peaking. She was perhaps the most successful female singer in grupero, a male-dominated Mexico regional style, and had branched out into acting and reality television.
With out a drought the dead of the singer has cause commotion with the Hispanic market.
Most recently, Billboard reported that Rivera’s album sales rose 334% to 6,000 copies. Joyas Prestadas: Pop (Fonovisa/UMLE) nearly quadrupled, going 28-2 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart while sales for Joyas Prestadas: Banda went 39-4 on the chart.
Since her death, fans around the world have paid homage to Rivera. Broadcast programs and media outlets have also covered Rivera’s death extensively. Wednesday’s event is expected to include well-known people in the entertainment industry in a service that will likely be carried live on some networks.