Dolores Jenney Rivera
July 2, 1969 – December 9, 2012
Jenni Rivera was a highly regarded Mexican American singer who, over a career that began in the early ’90s, earned the moniker of “La Diva de la Banda.” Born into a musical family in Long Beach, California, Rivera began singing at an early age. In 1996, she signed with EMI/Latin Records and went on to sell over 20 million albums worldwide. Popular on both sides of the US/Mexican border, Rivera became the first female Banda artist – a genre strongly dominated by men – to sell out the Staples Center in Los Angeles. She could also easily fill larger theaters for multiple nights throughout many US and Mexican cities. Throughout her career, Rivera was nominated for a Latin Grammy three times – in 2003, 2008, and 2010. In the early morning hours of December 9, 2012, the Learjet which was taking Rivera from Monterrey, Mexico to the Mexico City area for a concert, fell off the radar. The plane vanished about ten minutes into the 3:15 a.m. flight and never reached its destination, so a search was launched at daybreak. The wreckage of the plane, which was carrying two pilots and five passengers was reportedly found several hours later with no survivors. Jenni Rivera was 43.