Thousands Mourn Death of Singer Jenni Rivera

4:17 PM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is confirming that famed Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera died in a plane crash in northern Mexico. The 43-year-old Rivera who was born and raised in Long Beach, California, is one of the biggest stars of the Mexican regional style known as grupero music, which is influenced by the norteno, cumbia and ranchero styles.
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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) - Fans of singer Jenni Rivera have been remembering the Mexican-American singer today at a memorial service in Universal City, Calif.

Thousands gathered to salute the singer, who died with six other people earlier this month in a plane crash in northern Mexico that is still under investigation.

A red casket sat onstage amid a sea of white roses, as images of Rivera played on a big screen and fans chanted her name. Rivera's children were among those performing at the service in the Gibson Amphitheatre.

Rivera, who was born in Los Angeles, started her career by selling cassette tapes at flea markets. She would go on to sell more than 15 million copies of her 12 major-label albums.

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