Jenni Rivera's Family, Fans Gather for Memorial Service
Billboard -- Jenni Rivera 's family, friends and legions of fans are gathering in Los Angeles today to celebrate the life and music of the late Banda singer, who died earlier this month in a plane crash.REMEMBERING JENNI RIVERA
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Leading the service at the Gibson Amphiteater will be one of Rivera's five brothers, Pedro Jr., a pastor who also performs Christian music. It is set to begin at 10 a.m. PT.
"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 the event cost $1 and sold out less than an hour after going on sale on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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