Latina actress Jenni Rivera tragically died in a plane crash on Sunday.
Just days before her death, ABC announced the development of "Jenni," a show starring Rivera and centering on the Mexican-American singer and actress as a struggling single mom. Robert L. Boyett (the man behind "Family Matters," "Full House" and more '90s family comedies) and Robert Horn of "Designing Women" fame were attached to write and executive produce the project. Neither Boyett nor Horn had tweeted about Rivera's death at the time of publish.
Rivera's character was described as "a strong, middle-class, single Latina woman working to raise a family using unique parenting skills, while struggling to run a family business and navigate her extended, co-dependent relatives -- all while fighting the cultural perception that she needs a man to do it," according to Deadline.
In addition to selling multi-millions of records, Rivera starred on mun2's reality series "I Love Jenni," which was filming its third season. Diana Mogollon, General Manager of mun2, and Emilio Romano, the president of Telemundo Media, released the following statement.
"mun2 and Telemundo Media have learned that Jenni Rivera, Latin entertainment icon and star of mun2 reality series 'I Love Jenni,' was on the private plane that went down in Galena, Nueva Leon, Mexico early this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Rivera family and the families of her team, as we await for details and official confirmation from the authorities on this tragic accident."
In honor of Rivera, Telemundo will broadcast a two-hour special at 7 p.m. EST and mun2 will re-air it at 9 p.m. EST. mun2 will also be airing two "I Love Jenni" previously produced specials at 11 p.m. EST and midnight EST.