Just one day after thousands of teary eyed fans gathered to pay tribute at her memorial, Telemundo reports Jenni Rivera’s family is holding a private burial for the deceased 43-year-old singer today. The family will be honoring the mother of five one last time in a ceremony that is closed off to members to the media.
Rivera – who sold more than 15 million albums in her lifetime – is expected to be buried in California.
Various media outlets, including entertainment blog LaLate, have reported that the Mexican-American icon will be buried in All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach, California.
During Wednesday’s tribute at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, each of the members of Rivera’s family – her five children, two grandchildren, parents, four brothers and sister – were dressed in different shades of white and red and took their seats on a stage in front of some 6,000 fans. Between musical numbers played by a banda on stage, various relatives came forward to address the audience while a single microphone stood behind Rivera’s red casket.
“It’s just a real honor to say that Jenni Rivera that everyone is talking about is my mom,” said Rivera’s youngest son Johnny López Rivera told the audience. “She still lives in me.”
During the touching memorial – which included performances by singers Olga Tanon and Joan Sebastian – telenovela actress Kate del Castillo and Rivera’s “Filly Brown” co-stars Edward James Olmos and Lou Diamond Phillips wiped away tears.
Jenni, I will miss you, but you will always be in my heart,” said older brother Lupillo Rivera, who hid his tears behind large sunglasses as he spoke on stage.
”I always admired you and no one will equal you. I love you.”