Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Thousands Attend Jenni Rivera's Funeral Services In Los Angeles

Lupillo Rivera sings " Yo Te Estrañare" (I Will Miss You) to Jenni's remembrance and last respects to his sister.

Images from Telemundo

Jenni Rivera's family, friends and fans paid their last respects to La Diva de la Banda Jenni Rivera.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 19, 2012

Los Angeles, CA - On Wednesday, more than 6,000 fans attended the funeral services for "La Diva de la Banda" Jenni Rivera, 43, at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles. Tickets to attend the funeral were available by Ticketmaster. Hundreds more fans remained outside the Gibson and watched the funeral service on a large screen.
Rivera's family member will have a private funeral service at the All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach after the public service ends at the Gibson in L.A.
The Telemundo network aired the Rivera funeral service. Some of the attendees were Olga Tañon, Joan Sebastian, Ana Gabriel, Marco Antionio Ortiz, Edward James Olmos and other Latino music artists. 
Rivera's father, Pedro Rivera dedicated a song to Jenni and Lupillo Rivera also sang "Yo Te Estrañare" to his sister.
Rivera lost her life on October 10th shortly after departing from Monterrey on a private Learjet 25. Ten minutes into the Learjet flight around 3:15 a.m., the jet lost control at 28,000 feet and plunged at a speed of 600 miles per hour crashing into the side of a mountain in a ranch in Iturbe, Nuevo León.
Rivera, four of her companions and two pilots lost their lives when the Learjet exploded and their bodies disintegrated on impact. Rivera had performed on Saturday night at the Monterrey Arena in front of 16,000 fans and was headed to Toluca when the plane that she and her attorney, representative and several make-up/manicure aides were traveling in disappeared 10 minutes after taking off from Monterrey and crashed.
Rivera (Jenny Dolores Rivera Saavedra) including both pilots, Miguel Pérez and Alejandro Torres and four other passengers Alberto Rivera Saavedra, Mario Macias, Jacob Llenares and Gerardo N. were killed in the crash.
Rivera is a three time Latin Grammy Award nominee who is known for her banda and norteña music genres. Rivera had just signed a deal with ABC to star in a comedy sitcom called "Jenni". She also became the first Latina artist to host her own reality show and had launched a clothing and cosmetics line.
Rivera is survived by her five children, (three fathered by Marín), Jacqueline Marín Rivera, 23, Janney "Chiquis" Marín Rivera, 27, and Michael Marín Rivera, 21, (two fathered by López) Jenicka López Rivera, 15, and Johnny López Rivera, 11, including both her parents (Pedro Rivera and Rosa Saavedra) and siblings, Pedro, Gustavo, Lupillo, Juan and Rosie.
Lupillo is a popular banda singer and Juan is also a singer.

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