Mexican American Singer Jenni Rivera Dead at 43
The entertainment world and the Latin music world in specific were mourning the loss of Jenni Rivera, the Mexican American singer who has died in an airplane crash in northern Mexico.
Even though authorities would not yet confirm her death, Rivera’s father Pedro announced late Sunday night in front of dozens of reporters that his daughter had been killed. He said his son Lupillo told him that his daughter had been on the plane that crashed.
Nothing from the crash was recognizable, but authorities did locate a shredded California driver’s license that was Rivera’s. However, human remains were too damaged to be recognized. Lupillo will travel to Mexico sometime Monday to try to identify his sister’s remains.
Rivera’s family received hundreds of condolence messages on social networks from Latin entertainment stars like Lucero and Paulina Rubio. Rubio was one of Rivera’s dearest friends and asked God to help Rivera’s family.
Rivera is a native of Long Beach, California and the daughter of two Mexican immigrants who emigrated to the U.S. a number of years ago. She was at the height of her music career and considered by many to be the most successful female in the grupero genre. Grupero is a regional music style that is dominated by males and influenced by ranchero, norteno and cumbia styles.
Rivera was just 43, the mother of five and a grandmother to two. She has always been very open and frank about her struggles as a mother to raise her children correctly. She was recently divorced from her third husband.
The plane carrying Rivera and the other six who lost their lives, was headed to Toluca, a city near Mexico City, from Monterrey, when radar lost contact.