LONG BEACH — A public memorial for singer and Long Beach native Jenni Rivera won't be held in Long Beach this week, city officials have announced. | PHOTOS
The service instead will be held Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, a spokeswoman there has confirmed. Tickets will be required to attend, but the details of how to get the tickets haven't been released yet.
"Representatives of the family have confirmed with the City of Long Beach that a public memorial for singer Jenni Rivera will not be held in Long Beach," according to a statement released Monday by the
"Ultimately, the family decided a public memorial will not take place in Long Beach. No further details on the family's plans for a public memorial are available."
Several news websites and Los Angeles area television news stations have reported over the past few days that the memorial would take place Tuesday or Wednesday at the Long Beach Arena.
Rivera died Dec. 9 in a plane crash in northern Mexico, along with six
The privately-owned Learjet 25 was en route from Monterrey, Mexico, to Toluca, Mexico, outside Mexico City, when it was reported missing about 10 minutes after takeoff. Mexican officials say the plane fell from an altitude of 28,000 feet, reaching speeds of over 600 mph, shattering the plane when it hit.
The crash is still under investigation.
On Thursday, family members announced that they had identified Rivera's remains, which were flown back to Long Beach Airport
The remains were then taken to All Souls Mortuary, where crowds gathered to pay tribute to the fallen music star, much as they have at the Lakewood home of Rivera's mother over the past week.
Known as the "Diva de la Banda," Rivera died just as her career was peaking. She was perhaps the most successful female singer in grupero, a male-dominated Mexico regional style, and had branched out into acting and reality television.
Besides being a singer, she appeared in the indie film "Filly Brown," which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival, and was filming the third season of "I love Jenni," which followed her as she shared special moments with her five children and as she toured.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.