Jenni Rivera, known in Spanish as la diva de la banda (the diva of banda) for her stellar performances in that style of regional Mexican music, will be remembered not only for her dozens of recorded songs but also for her turbulent life. The native Californian, who was a household name in Mexico but largely unknown among English speakers in her home country, was killed in a plane crash in northern Mexico on Sunday.
Rivera was born into a musically inclined family — four of her brothers make a living as musicians. She became a mother in high school (she was the grandmother of two when she died at the age of 43) and reached superstar status with her 2007 biographical album Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life).
Informative articles in the Spanish-language media include the following:
- Murió la cantante Jenni Rivera (Los Andes)
- Jenni Rivera: la señora de la música regional (Vanguardia)
- Perfil: Jenni Rivera, La Diva de la Banda, una vida de altibajos (La Prensa)