Popular Mexican-American music artist Jenni Rivera is being remembered by friends and memorialized with an album and a movie a year after her death while an investigation into the plane crash that killed her wraps up.
According to a Mexican aviation investigation, Rivera's 78-year-old pilot was too old for a license to fly and the 43-year-old Learjet was flying unevenly and shaking when it reached cruising speed on Dec. 9, 2012, CNN reported.
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Rivera and six others died when the jet plunged 28,000 feet into a mountainous area of northern Mexico.
Rivera, who was born and raised in Long Beach, Calif., had reached the peak of her career at the time of her death. Rivera had a weekly radio show, a makeup and clothing line, and her own reality TV show "I Love Jenni."
Rivera had just wrapped up filming a movie with well-known stars Edward James Olmos and Lou Diamond Phillips in "Filly Brown," which was released last spring.
"The reality is that Jenni left at the highest moment of her career," Victor Gonzalez, president of UMLE, Rivera's distributor under the Fonovisa label, told Billboard magazine.
"She had a strong following and was starting to make new fans that were falling in love with her. She leaves a huge void."
Rivera signed with talent agency powerhouse Creative Artists Agency in 2012 and had plans to expand her brand.
"Being signed by CAA, knowing that such a huge company would even be interested in me, makes me proud of myself," Rivera said backstage at the Billboard Latin Music Conference in April 2012. "I'm kind of in disbelief that they would want a Jenni Rivera, but I guess now I see the world in a different way."
Despite her budding stardom, Olmos told People magazine Rivera
was always thinking of others.
"We were working with a very tight budget (on the indie film 'Filly Brown') and no one was getting paid," Olmos said. "Jenni found out that our still photographer was working with no pay and asked that her paycheck go to him. She was always trying to help others. I miss her so much!"
People reported that a new Rivera album was released last week, featuring songs from her last concert in Monterrey. Her eldest daughter, Janney "Chiquis" Rivera, will play her mother in a new movie being made about the singer.
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