Forty-three year old Mexican-American singer, Jenni Rivera, known for her work within the banda and norteña music genres died when her Learjet crashed near Iturbide, Nuevo Leon yesterday.
The Learjet 25, number N345MC, took off from Monterrey at 3:30 a.m. local time and was reported missing about 10 minutes later. It was registered to Starwood Management of Las Vegas, Nevada, according to FAA records. It was built in 1969 and had a current registration through 2015.
She began recording 1992, and her recordings include many topical songs and material dealing with social issues, narcos, infidelity, and relationships. Her tenth studio album, Jenni in 2008, became her first number-one album in the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart in the United States.
Though drug trafficking was the theme of some of her songs, she was not considered a singer of "narco corridos," or ballads glorifying drug lords like other groups, such as Los Tigres del Norte. She was better known for singing about her troubles in love and disdain for men.
Even though her billboard success was more noteworthy in the US, her fan base was very solid in Mexico, where, in 2009, Mexican officials forgave her for smuggling $52,000 through the Mexico City Airport.
Jenni had a rocky career, had just ended her third marriage, and was getting by as best she could when the aging private jet augered into a hillside. It was her personal tragedies that endeared her to her Mexican fan base. And she didn't really end on a high note.