Dolores Janney Rivera Saavedra, otherwise known as Jenni Rivera, was an award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist named by many outlets as the most important female figure in the Mexican music genre. She became known for her work as a philanthropist for women and children dealing with domestic violence and abuse, something she dealt with in her first marriage. She founded the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation, which helped families who fell victim to domestic violence and abuse. Her untimely death in 2012 was the result of a plane crash in Mexico and left her Latin American audiences in shock. Two weeks ago Mariposa de Barrio (Butterfly of the Barrio) -- a musical drama series based on her New York Times best-selling autobiography Unbreakable: My Story, My Way -- made its debut on Telemundo. The book was written by Rivera while on the road and between tours and was published on her birthday after her death.
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