Jenni Rivera 1
Throughout her groundbreaking career, La Diva de la Banda won numerous Billboard Latin Music Awards and garnered four Latin Grammy nominations. On the brink of mainstream success, Jenni had just signed a contract with ABC which would have her starring in her own sit-com about a head-strong single mom doing anything she could to help her kids get ahead...much like her real life. It was to be titled Jenni. Her Mun2 reality show I Love Jenni became that network's biggest hit and was now in its third season. She also had a weekly syndicated radio show and clothing and cosmetics lines.
Macho Camacho 2
Macho Camacho was shot in the face while in a car, waiting for a friend in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The boxing champ was taken off life support after an emotional and controversial few days while his family weighed their options after he was declared brain dead in the hours following the shooting. The flamboyant boxer was known as much for his skills as for his sense of style (he would sometimes fight with a loincloth emblazoned with his initials!). Although plagued by domestic violence allegations, child abuse charges, and drug use, the champion boxer was legendary in the ring--even famously ending the career of boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard when Camacho beat him in a 1997 fight.
Selena Quintanilla 3
The 24-year-old Tejano superstar was gunned down by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, on March 31, 1995. The incredibly talented singer was at the peak of her career, on the verge of releasing a crossover English-language album (Dreaming of You, which sadly did become a hit after her death). Selena left behind a grieving husband (who recently published a tell-all memoir about their short, passionate life together), her heart-broken family (dad, mom, brother, sister), and a legion of mourning fans who to this day still honor the legendary singer.
Roberto Clemente 5
The legendary Boricua ballplayer also died in a tragic plane accident on December 31, 1972, when he was just 38 years old, as he was traveling to Nicaragua to volunteer in earthquake relief efforts. Clemente was the first Latino ever to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame--and he’s the only member of the Hall of Fame to win a World Series as starter, get an MVP award, AND get a World Series MVP Award. Outside the baseball diamond, his charity work was as famous as his amazing skills, often volunteering to help those less fortunate and traveling to Puerto Rico and other countries in Latin America to lend a helping hand.
Freddie Prinze 6
The half Puerto Rican TV star was best known for his work in the hit sitcom Chico and The Man in the 1970s. Although his personal life was marred with controversy, drug and alcohol abuse (which led to his divorce from his wife Katherine Cochran, with whom he had one son, Freddie Prinze Jr.), the charismatic Prinze ruled with Chico and often appeared on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson--where he was the first comedian to ever be asked to sit and chat with the legendary host! On January 28, 1977, Prinze shot himself in the head; he died a day later after being taken off life support.