shocking death of a rising star in latin america, just about to receive her dream of taking on north american tv, right here on abc. Singer jenni rivera died in a plane crash on her way to a concert... See More
shocking death of a rising star in latin america, just about to receive her dream of taking on north american tv, right here on abc. Singer jenni rivera died in a plane crash on her way to a concert in mexico. And here's abc's david wright on her turbulent life story and her huge success. ♪ Reporter: She was known as the "diva of banda" -- mexico's answer to country music. Today, on spanish language radio, tearful tributes to jenni rivera, after her private plane crashed yesterday en route to a concert. Her california driver's license found in the wreckage. She was a role model to many young latinas, having gone from rags to riches, being a self-made millionaire. Reporter: In record sales alone here in the u.S., she was bigger than beyonce. I've heard her described as the mexican-american dolly parton? She was -- you know, she had curves. And she embraced those curves. That's what people loved about her. Reporter: She had several popular reality shows that promoted her as "the mama with lots of drama." Shows that featured the whole family -- five kids and two grandkids. The the osbournes of the barrio. She was a personality. She was a businesswoman. She was beginning to cross over into the english language market. orter: ABC WAS DROPPING A Come dill series around her, which would have bro deuced her to a whole new audience. Now, sadly, many english speakers are just learning about her because of this outpouring of grief. David wright, abc news, los angeles.
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