The memory of Jenni Rivera's tragic death resurfaced Monday when her estate filed a negligence lawsuit against the owners of the Learjet that crashed near Monterrey, Mexico, killing the Long Beach-based singer and former Weekly cover girl and four members of her entourage in 2012.
The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court against Starwood Management LLC a day before the second anniversary of the entertainer's death. Also named are Learjet Inc. and Bombardier Inc., which serviced the aircraft, according to the suit.
Rivera's company has been sued along with Starwood by relatives of those killed in the crash, including her attorney, hairstylist, publicist and makeup artist and one of the plane's pilots. Attorneys are scheduled to update a judge Wednesday on the progress of settlement talks between Rivera's company and the relatives.
Rivera's parents and five of her children, two of whom are still minors, are plaintiffs in the case. The suit seeks unspecified damages on their behalf.
A representative for Starwood could not be reached for comment.
Killed with the 43-year-old entertainer were her publicist, Arturo Rivera; makeup artist Jacobo Yebale; hairstylist Jorge Armando Sanchez Vasquez;
and Mario Macias Pacheco, her attorney.
The jet crashed about 3:30 a.m., 15 minutes after leaving Monterrey in the mountains of northern Mexico. Rivera had just performed in Monterrey and was on her way to Mexico City to appear on the Mexican version of "The Voice."
As we've written before, Rivera dominated the banda style of regional Mexican music popular in California and northwestern Mexico. She was one of the biggest stars on Mexico television and was popular on "regional Mexican" stations in California like La Raza 97.9 and Que Buena 105.5. Rivera had sold more than 15 million records over her career.
According to Yahoo News, Rivera's widower–former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Esteban Loaiza–also had sued Starwood for wrongful death. A request by his attorneys to dismiss the case was granted in late October, court records show. Loiaza's suit contended the pilots flying Rivera and her entourage were not properly licensed for the flight and that the plane's airframe was damaged in a 2005 accident.
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