Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera perished along with six others during a weekend plane crash.  She was loved by so many.  So, who was Jenni Rivera?

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  • Jenni Rivera sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.

 

  • Her nickname was 'La Diva de la Banda'.

 

  • Rivera was recently named one of People En Español's 25 most powerful women.

 

  • Rivera became the first female Banda artist to sell-out a concert at the Gibson Amphitheater in Unviersity City, California.  She was also the first artist to sell-out two back-to-back nights at the LA's Nokia Theater.

 

  • She was a teen mom.  Her first husband was convicted in 2006 of molesting their eldest daughter and a female family member.

 

  • The star was married 3 times.  Her latest marriage to professional baseball player Esteban Loaiza ended in divorce just this year.
  • She had a popular reality TV show.  I Love Jenni aired on Telemundo's mun2 documenting the singer's jet-set life as an entertainer and mother of five children. It also featured her publicist, lawyer and makeup artist, who were all on the plane with her.
  • Earlier this month, ABC tapped Rivera to star in her own show. The self-titled comedy, Jenni, would feature her as a strong, middle-class, single Latina woman working to raise a family using unique parenting skills.

The Learjet carrying the 43-year-old performer lost contact with air traffic controllers after it took off from Monterrey, Mexico, at 3:15 a.m. Sunday following Rivera's concert there. Contact was lost about 60 miles away, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza of Mexico's transportation ministry said in a statement. It was scheduled to arrive in Toluca, outside Mexico City, before sunrise.