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Article posted: 12/10/2012 4:13 PM

Jenni Rivera, soulful, troubled Mexican music star

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Mexican-American singer and reality TV star Jenni Rivera, who rose through personal adversity to become a superstar adored by millions in a male-dominated genre of Mexican-American music, was confirmed dead in a plane crash in northern Mexico on Monday.

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Jenni Rivera launched her career hawking cassette recordings of her songs at flea markets, but a powerful voice, soulful singing style and frank discussion of personal troubles powered her to the heights of a male-dominated industry, transforming her into the one of the biggest stars of the genre known as grupero.
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