Jenni Rivera. biography
Mexican-American pop singer Jenny Dolores Rivera Saavedra was born on July 2, 1969, in Long Beach, California and raised by Mexican immigrants in a musical surrounding alongside four sisters and brothers. Her songs touched the hearts of struggling women and inspired a time for change, with lyrical themes of infidelity, social issues and relationships. In result, she sold more than 20 million albums around the world and was nominated for her forward-thinking music at the 2003, 2008 and 2010 Latin Grammys.
Aside from her music career, Rivera was known for her charity work and was named spokeswoman for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 2010, while the Los Angeles City Council proclaimed August 6 as the official "Jenni Rivera Day" for her selfless ways. She starred and produced the reality television shows Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C, I Love Jenni (2011), Chiquis 'n Control (2012) and appeared as a coach on the Mexican competition series La Voz... Mexico. She also launched several successful companies, including Jenni Jeans, The Jenni Rivera Love Foundation, Divine Music, Divina Realty, Jenni Rivera Fragrance and Divina Cosmetics.
During her teenage years, Rivera gave birth to her first daughter Janney "Chiquis" (1985) and later married her daughter's father José Trinidad Marín. In 1992, the two split prior to Marín being convicted of molesting Chiquis and her sister-in-law Rosie in 1997. After being on the run for over 5 years, Marín was finally captured and charged in 2006. After her first marriage, Rivera married Juan Lopez and had two kids together: Jenicka López Rivera and Johnny López Rivera. After divorcing in 2003, Rivera married former baseball player Esteban Loaiza, but the two eventually separated in 2012.
On December 9, 2012, a private Learjet 25 carrying Rivera and her band mates lost communication with air control ten minutes after taking off from General Mariano Escobedo International Airport in Monterrey. They were on their way to Toluca for Rivera's cameo on La Voz... Mexico, but never made it. Mexican authorities later confirmed the death of both the passengers and pilots when they located the wreckage in that same day.