Millions of fans on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are mourning the loss of 43-year-old singer Jenni Rivera, known as “La Diva de la Banda,” who died in a plane crash on Sunday.
Rivera and at least five others were traveling from Monterrey, Mexico, where the singer had performed Saturday night, to Mexico City, where Rivera was scheduled to appear as a judge on Mexico’s version of the singing competition TV show “The Voice,” when the plane crashed outside the municipality of Iturbide. The crash happened after the 1969 Learjet 25 allegedly malfunctioned, but the exact cause of the failure is still under investigation.
Rivera was the mother of three sons and two daughters. Rivera, born in Long Beach, California, released her first official album in 1999 and was nominated for Latin Grammy Awards in 2002, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Rivera also starred in two reality TV shows and in October, “People en Español” included her on its list of 25 most powerful women.
On August 6, 2010, Rivera was named spokeswoman for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The Los Angeles City Council proclaimed August 6 “Jenni Rivera Day” for her charity work and community involvement.
How will you best remember Jenni Rivera?
Randall Roberts, music writer for the L.A. Times
Betto Arcos, freelance music reporter and critic, he’s a frequent guest on PRI’s “The World”
Wendy Carrillo, pop culture writer and longtime fan of Jenni Rivera