On the fifth anniversary of her death Friday (Dec. 8), we recall some shocking truths about her life.
Jenni Rivera was born to a pair of Mexican parents in Long Beach, California, where she would grow up to absorb all the lessons that came with being raised a Latina in the United States. She was a hardworking and outspoken little girl that ultimately shaped into one of Mexico's greatest musical exports.
At the time of her death, Rivera, 43, was the single most successful woman on the Billboard Latin charts, a fact made evident following her shocking death in a plane crash in Mexico on December 9, 2012.
She was a wife, sister, mother and successful business woman on the verge of a major crossover. In the months and years that followed her untimely demise, the world learned through familial testimonies, autobiographical volumes and media publications that Jenni was as complicated a human as she was musically gifted.