It has been confirmed that Jenni Rivera’s memorial won’t be held in Long Beach. Instead will be held Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City. The ceremony will be led, by the late entertainer’s brother Pedro Rivera, Jr., according a spokesperson for the family. Tickets will be required to attend, but the details of how to get the tickets haven’t been released yet. The memorial service’s official announcement indicates that a burial service will be held privately.
Rivera stated that she wanted Vendela roses fore her service, Bella Rosa roses to be buried with her, and wanted butterflies released at the conclusion of the service. Famous names expected to be at Rivera’s funeral are Snoop Dogg, Gloria Estefan, and Edward James Olmos.
“The Rivera family appreciates all the love given to our beloved Jenni Rivera,” the family said in a prepared statement.
The Long Beach-Calif.-born Rivera, a major star in the regional Mexican genre, died along with six members of her entourage on Dec. 9 when their plane nose-dived after a concert in Monterrey, Mexico.
The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, according to published reports, has been investigating the Las Vegas-based Starwood Management, who owned the plane that crashed in Mexico and which had two planes seized by the agency in Arizona and Texas this year.
After the official announcement about Jenni’s memorial, thousands of fans twitted comments about the memorial.
“My heart goes out to Jenni Rivera’s family. Such a scary and sad thing to here. Mi mas sentido pesame. Que Dios le bendinga. RIP”
“My sister bought me a jenni Rivera shirt going to her funeral on Wednesday (;
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.
Rivera’s downloads also increased 1,096% to 12,000, with 11 debuts or re-entries on the Regional Mexican Digital Songs chart.
The crash still is under investigation. The privately-owned Learjet 25 was en route from Monterrey, Mexico, to Toluca, Mexico, outside Mexico City, when it was reported missing about 10 minutes after takeoff. Mexican officials say the plane fell from an altitude of 28,000 feet, reaching speeds of over 600 mph, shattering the plane when it hit.
On Thursday, family members announced that they had identified Rivera’s remains, which were flown back to Long Beach Airport
The remains were then taken to All Souls Mortuary, where crowds gathered to pay tribute to the fallen music star, much as they have at the Lakewood home of Rivera’s mother over the past week.
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.