The Straits Times
Published on Dec 20, 2012

Thousands mourn US-Mexican singer Jenni Rivera


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – Thousands of mourners on Wednesday packed a Los Angeles theatre to pay their final respects to Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera more than a week after her death in a plane crash.

Rivera, 43, best known for her work in the Mexican folk Nortena and Banda genres, died after the small jet she was travelling in crashed in northern Mexico on Dec 9.

Rivera’s family, dressed in white, led the memorial service eulogising the singer. A bank of white roses was displayed in front of Rivera’s bright red coffin and a brass band performed musical interludes.

More than 6,000 people crowded into the theatre about 48km north of her childhood home in Long Beach, California. Tickets for the service at the Gibson Amphitheatre sold out within minutes, organisers said.