SAN ANTONIO - Local fans have joined millions on both sides of the border in remembering Jenni Rivera, a U.S.-born singer who had built up an international following in the past decade, despite a turbulent personal life.
“El Piloto,” Elliot Iniguez, a radio host on La Ley 95.7 FM that has an hour-long tribute airing at 5 p.m., said Rivera was loved not only for her brassy, banda-style of music, but also her devotion to fans.
“She connected with the pueblo, with everyone in a very special way,” Iniguez said.
By being so open about her life, Iniguez said Rivera endeared herself with her fans.
“Her marriage, her family, her business, whatever it was, she always shared that,” Iniguez said.
He said Rivera even sang about her own death, “Cuando Muera una Dama.” Iniguez said it speaks about celebrating her death with a party, “not to cry but to celebrate.”
He said the song goes on, “I want a last party at my funeral. Everyone who loved me remembering my smile and my way of crying.”
Janie G. Esparza, owner of the iconic Janie’s Record Store on the West side, said, Rivera would always say, “If anything happens to me, what will happen to my children?”
Divorced three times, Rivera had five children and two grandchildren.
After hearing of the early Sunday morning plane crash in northern Mexico, Esparza said, “Destiny, it was her time.”
The picture shown is the last-known photograph of Rivera. It was taken by her makeup artist sometime in the hours prior to the flight.
Rivera last performed in San Antonio in May 2010.
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