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Jenni Rivera mourned with music, passion

Published: December 20, 2012 | 7:28 am
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A woman, carrying a painting of Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera, waits in line to attend a memorial service for the singer, who died with six other people in a plane crash. Photo: Frederic J. Brown, AFP/Getty Images / SF
A woman, carrying a painting of Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera, waits in line to attend a memorial service for the singer, who died with six other people in a plane crash. Photo: Frederic J. Brown, AFP/Getty Images / SF

December 19, 2012
Los Angeles — Jenni Rivera’s “celestial graduation” was marked by festive music, heartfelt speeches in Spanish and English and passionate chants of “Jen-ni! Jen-ni!”
Rivera’s children and singers Olga Tañón and Joan Sebastián performed during the almost 2 1/2-hour Christian-themed memorial service Wednesday at the Gibson Amphitheatre, where thousands of fans gathered to salute the “Diva de la Banda,” 43, who died in a plane crash Dec. 9 in northern Mexico.
Mexican singers Marco Antonio Solis and Ana Gabriel and actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Kate del Castillo were also among the guests.
A red casket sat onstage amid a sea of white roses as images of Rivera played on three big screens. Family members embraced and kissed the casket at the conclusion of the service, and thousands of fans lined up to lay more white roses atop it.
While most of the speeches and songs were delivered in Spanish, Rivera’s children spoke in English, often directly to their late mother.
“We’re not here to mourn the death,” said son Michael, 21. “We’re here to celebrate the life and graduation of a singer, an entertainer, a diva, a fighter, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and more than anything, a mother – the best mother.”
The family asked that Latin radio stations play Rivera’s song “La Gran Señora” at noon Thursday in her honor.
The burial will be private.
Rivera’s last album, “La Misma Gran Señora,” topped the Latin albums chart this week, selling 27,000 copies – the best week for any Latin album this year. She holds three spots on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Associated Press

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