HOUSTON - Jenni Rivera sat down and ate tacos with fans during one of her stops in Houston.

The Mexican-American superstar, who performed Banda and Norteno music, had many followers in the Bayou City.

The 43-year-old died in a plane crash Sunday near Monterrey, Mexico. Two pilots and five passengers were also killed when their small jet crashed after taking off before dawn.

Rivera and her crew had many friends in Houston including the members of the Tejano band La Mafia.

The group s accordionist Armando Lichtenberger said the news was devastating. He also knew the star s publicist Arturo Rivera.

The Houston musician sent an email hoping Rivera would respond, but he never did.

Houston journalist Domingo Banda, of Le Semana News, also has fond memories of Jenni Rivera.

Banda said Rivera had a special knack for connecting with people. He recalled one event where Rivera sat down and ate tacos with some of her fans.

Rivera, who was from California, often made headlines for her personal drama as well. She was married three times and starred in a reality show.

Rivera s fame was on the upswing when she perished. Now in death, many people believe her music will be loved by fans more than ever before.

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