Jenni Rivera was a singer-songwriter, actress and Telemundo TV star who died tragically on December 9, 2012 in a plane crash in Mexico. While well-known to fans of Latino music and Mexican TV, Rivera appeared poised to breakthrough to mainstream America due to a new TV show she was set to star in for ABC.
The 43-year old Rivera lived a turbulent life. She had her first child at age 15 and then married the father. They had two more children together, but it was a marriage of abuse and molestation. After the divorce, Rivera’s first husband was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in jail for child molestation.
Rivera married twice more and had two more children from her second marriage. Her third marriage, to professional baseball player Esteban Loaiza, also was ending. The couple filed for divorce on October 1, 2012, citing irreconcilable differences. There was a report that Rivera and her eldest daughter had been fighting because the daughter had an affair with Loaiza, but it’s a report that the daughter strenuously refuted.