Latin singer and superstar Jenni Rivera, who passed away last Dec. 10, 2012 after a fatal plane crash, will be finally laid to rest this week in Long Beach, California. She was 43.
TMZ broke out the news over the weekend that Rivera’s family decided that they will have the funeral of the music star this week and that she will be laid to rest in Long Beach, CA. According to the deceased singer’s camp, Jenni already had specific details on how her funeral will go which include Vendela roses at the service, Bella Rosa roses to be buried with her and she wants butterflies to be released at the end of her funeral service.
A public memorial will be held on Tuesday and a more private one for Jenni’s family and close friends will take place on Wednesday.
Sources also revealed to TMZ that fellow Latin singer Gloria Estefan, actor Edward James Olmos and rapper Snoop Dogg will be attending Rivera’s funeral. These celebrities all have a close connection to the late Latina singer since Estefan and Rivera have been long time friends while Snoop and Jenni were supposed to do a song collaboration prior to her untimely death. On the other hand, Olmos once co-starred and produced Rivera’s debut film, ‘Filly Brown.’
It was on Thursday night last week when Rivera’s – a Southern California native – body arrived in Long Beach airport from Mexico. It was the singer’s three brothers who accompanied her remains while police officers escorted them along with the casket which was then driven into a Long Beach mortuary where the singer’s fans are awaiting for her arrival. Some of Jenni’s fans opted to gather on her mother’s nearby Lakewood home where they offered memorials in the form of candles, flowers and balloons.
Rivera’s passing was a complete shock to her family, friends and fans as she was killed in a tragic plane crash on the evening of Dec. 10 along with six other people.
Although the real cause of the crash is still under investigation, it was reported on CNN that the plane she was travelling nose-dived from 28,000 feet to the ground while it’s flying from Monterrey in northern Mexico to the central city of Toluca.
Days after the tragedy, DNA results of the victims were still pending but Rivera’s family already confirmed last Thursday that she was indeed dead as her brother, Pedro Rivera Jr., explained during a news conference at their Lakewood home that “We have received 100 per cent confirmation that my sister Jenni is gone to be with the Lord. She is in the presence of God now.”
Prior to her fatal plane crash, Rivera performed in a concert in Monterrey on the evening of Dec. 9 and then hours before her death, she also opened up to reporters some info about her divorce and how she found the inner strength with the help of her family saying that “I’m so happy. So many strong things have happened in my life. I can’t get up in the negative, which destroys you.”
Famously known to her fans as La Diva de la Banda or The Diva of Banda Music, Jenni Rivera was famous for her a musical powerhouse, doing Spanish-language performances of regional Mexican corridos, or ballads. According to Billboard, the Latina singer sold 15 million records and just won two Billboard Music Awards which include favorite Mexican music female artist. Last October, Rivera was also included on the list of People en Español 25 most powerful women