Entries in Memorial Service (5)


Fans, Family and Friends Celebrate Jenni Rivera at Memorial Service

Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jenni Rivera's fans, friends and family bid farewell to the late Mexican-American singer Wednesday from the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, in a memorial service led by her brother, Rev. Pedro Rivera Jr.

The ceremony was not open to the press -- only fans with tickets were able to attend, although a live stream was made available by several media outlets.

The two-hour ceremony began with a prayer led by Pedro Jr., and included a mix of moving tributes from Rivera's children, her siblings and her parents, among others.

Edward James Olmos and Lou Diamond Phillips were among those present in the audience.

Rivera's life was cut short at the age of 43 in a plane crash on Dec. 9.  She, along with six other passengers, including Rivera's publicist, her makeup artist and her lawyer, died. 

Rivera's remains were identified in Monterrey, Mexico, last week by her brothers Lupillo, Juan and Gustavo, and brought home to Long Beach, Calif.

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Two Private Memorial Services Planned for Larry Hagman

Peter Larsen/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Two private memorial services for the late Dallas actor Larry Hagman will be held this week, his personal manager tells Entertainment Tonight.

John Castonia says one service will be held in Texas, and the other will be held in California.

Castonia also notes that Hagman's wishes were to have his ashes spread "all over the world."  His son Preston will carry out those wishes.

Hagman, who died Friday of complications from cancer at the age of 81, is best known for playing Major Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie and the scheming oil tycoon J.R. Ewing on the original Dallas TV series and its current TNT reboot.

Production on the TNT version will resume on Tuesday, according to E! Online.  Producers are working on a proper send-off for Hagman's character, according to various reports.

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Tom Hanks, Jay Leno Attend Memorial Service for Michael Clarke Duncan

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- A private memorial service for the late Michael Clarke Duncan was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Los Angeles on Monday.

It was attended by celebrities including his Green Mile co-star Tom Hanks, Jay Leno, Holly Robinson Peete and Vivica A. Fox, according to  Duncan's fiancée, Omarosa Manigault, was also at the service.

Duncan's burial was also scheduled for Monday.

Duncan died on Sept. 3 at 54, less than two months after suffering a heart attack.  His death certificate, obtained by TMZ, lists respiratory failure as the cause of death.

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Public Viewing, Private Service Scheduled for Michael Clarke Duncan

David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A public casket viewing and a private service for the late Michael Clarke Duncan have been scheduled.

His rep tells E! News that the public viewing will be held at the Hall of Liberty, at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Los Angeles, this Sunday.  A private service will be held the following day.

The Oscar-nominated Green Mile star died on Monday, less than two months after suffering a heart attack.

A 32-year-old woman who claims to be Duncan's daughter has spoken with Chicago's WFLD-TV, saying the two had been estranged for 11 years.

Marquea Ambrose added, "The only thing that really bothers me about him passing is that we didn't fix."

However, sources claim that Duncan's family members don't know Ambrose, and that they hadn't heard from her until he died.

The source says, "It was the day he died that she started calling his mother saying 'I want what’s mine' and trying to get money from her."

The source says, "Michael did date Marquea's mother, but he believed he was not her father."

Duncan starred earlier this year in the since-cancelled Fox Bones spin-off The Finder.  In an article published in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter, series creator Hart Hanson says he'd hoped to have Duncan appear in a future episode of Bones to wrap up The Finder story line.

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Springsteen Delivers Eulogy at Clarence Clemons' Memorial Service

Harry Scott/Redferns(PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Bruce Springsteen delivered the eulogy at a Tuesday memorial service for his late saxophonist, Clarence Clemons, reports the Palm Beach Post.

Clemons, who lived in Palm Beach County, Florida, died Sunday due to complications from a stroke.

The 69-year-old horn player was remembered at a private service attended by 200 family members and close friends, including members of Springsteen's E Street Band and Jackson Browne.  Browne and Clemons teamed up in 1985 for a hit duet, "You're a Friend of Mine."

According to the Post, Clemons' widow, Victoria, also spoke at the memorial, and Springsteen, Browne and the band members performed.  The service was followed by a private reception.

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