By John Jurgensen
Singer Jenni Rivera was believed dead Sunday after the crash of a small plane thought to have been carrying the Mexican-American star and six other people was found in northern Mexico, the Associated Press reported.
Mexican officials said there were no survivors in the wreckage of the Learjet that disappeared shortly after departing from Monterrey, following Rivera’s concert there Saturday night, according to the AP.
Rivera, 43 years old, was a native of Long Beach, Calif and a star of Mexican regional music styles including banda and norteno; she recently won two Billboard Mexican music awards. She was also a reality TV star, and her show “I Love Jenni” has been a hit for the Telemundo cable channel mun2, which targets a bilingual audience.
Rivera hailed from an influential musical family, including a father who owned a record label. Though she grew up in L.A., she was forbidden from speaking English at home. “That went on until at least I was in high school,” she said last summer in a telephone interview with Speakeasy. “It’s a blessing that I can communicate in Spanish and English. I’ve always been more of a businesswoman than an artist, but I made a living out of singing Mexican music. My job is to transmit the lyrics. To feel them with a passion.”
Rivera was the mother of five children and a grandmother of two. She recently announced her divorce from her third husband, Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza.
Go here for a story Speakeasy did in July “Singer Jenni Rivera is Rising Star of Hispanic Reality TV.”