Jenni Rivera, the late Mexican-American singer, was killed in a plane crash in 2012 — alongside four of her employees. A Los Angeles judge has ordered a $70 million settlement for the families of the four employees killed in the crash, according to reports on Thursday.

Jenni Rivera Plane Crash Victims’ Family Receive $70 Million Settlement

Starwood Management LLC, the company that owned the Learjet 25 that crashed after leaving Monterrey, Mexico, has been ordered to compensate the families of Rivera’s four employees.

Judge Holly Kendig reportedly ordered a default judgement in favor of the employees’ families after Starwood Management dropped the case.

The $70 million sum will be allocated among the relatives of lawyer Mario Macias, Rivera’s makeup artist, her publicist Arturo Rivera and stylist James Yebale Jorge Armando Sanchez.

Their attorney, Paul R. Kiesel, says the next step will be getting Starwood to pay the settlement.

Rivera was on her way home to the region of Toluca, where she was set to perform, at the time of the plane crash.  

Billboard lists Rivera as one of the top Latina performers during the time of her death. She was 43 when she died, leaving behind five children and two grandchildren.


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