Singer Jenni Rivera killed in plane crash in Mexico
From the AP:
Jenni Rivera launched her career hawking cassette recordings of her songs at flea markets, but a powerful voice, soulful singing style and frank discussion of personal troubles powered her to the heights of a male-dominated industry, transforming her into the one of the biggest stars of the genre known as grupero.
Her life was cut short at its peak on Sunday by an airplane crash in northern Mexico that also killed six friends and co-workers.
The 43-year-old mother of five and grandmother of two became a symbol of resilience for millions of fans on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. Her fame grew as she branched out into acting, appearing in independent film, reality TV and the televised singing competition La Voz Mexico. Rivera's plane was taking her and aides to the central Mexican city of Toluca after a Saturday night concert before thousands in the northern city of Monterrey.
She had recently filed for divorce from her third husband, Major Leagee pitcher Esteban Loaiza, was once detained at a Mexico City airport with tens of thousands of dollars in cash, and publicly apologized after her brother assaulted a drunken fan who verbally attacked her in 2011.
Rivera, born Janney Dolores Rivera Savedra in Westwood, Calif., sold more than 15 million copies of her 12 major-label albums and won a string of Latin music awards. She formally debuted on the music scene in 1995 with the release of her album Chacalosa. She was also nominated for Latin Grammys in 2008 and 2011.
Her most recent album, Joyas Prestadas, or Borrowed Jewels, won widespread praise and awards and helped cement her status as one of the brightest stars of Mexican-American music. She was also filming the third season of I Love Jenni, which followed her as she interacted with her family and toured through Mexico and the United States. She also played a key role in the reality shows Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis and Raq-C and her daughter's Chiquis 'n Control.
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