[61] Lead negotiator Young tried to establish a rapport with Saldívar and persuade her to give herself up. [221] Hundreds of people began circling the area in their vehicles. [12] According to television news reporter and anchorwoman María Celeste Arrarás, Saldívar had become the "most efficient assistant" the singer ever had. [49] According to Pérez, he waited by his truck as Selena went alone to Saldívar's motel room. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here. [61] Valencia suggested the shooting was accidental; Saldívar later changed her story, saying the "gun went off" by itself. Simon Bolivar was a Venezuelan soldier, a political and military leader. He felt "obligated to continue" after an emergency room doctor made the decision to revive the singer. Radio stations in the United States that played Tejano music switched to regional Mexican music, and by 1997, KQQK was the only radio station playing non-stop Tejano music. [61] The officer left his vehicle, drew his gun, and ordered Saldívar out of the truck. [30] According to Martinez, he had lent several thousand dollars to Selena because she was short on cash. From Salvador Dali to Juan Ponce de Leon, the list of famous dead people from Spain is long. Musicians and singers who died in 2020. [49] Pérez told Selena it was "too late" and did not want her to go out alone. Somber Saldívar delivered to prison—Convicted murderer of Tejano star Selena keeps head down during processing, "Offender Information Detail Saldivar, Yolanda", "A grim, isolated life in prison seems likely for Selena's killer", "Southwest: Texas: Gun That Killed Singer Is To Be Destroyed", "Gun used in slaying of Selena destroyed", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Murder_of_Selena&oldid=997959124, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Money embezzlement and Selena's management demanding missing fan club's financial records, Life imprisonment with possibility of parole after 30 years, This page was last edited on 3 January 2021, at 02:10. [34] The same day, Selena and Saldívar argued by telephone; Selena hung up and told her husband she could no longer trust Saldívar. Fans lined up for almost a mile (1500 m). Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like “Home” and “Pickup Man,” died March 29. When Selena opened the door to leave, Saldívar said she told her to close it. The event sparked interest from people in thirty-five U.S. states and five countries including Mexico, Brazil, and Ecuador. Your Reading list. [221] A Jehovah's Witness minister from Lake Jackson preached in English, quoting Paul the Apostle's words in 1 Corinthians 15. [92] Johnny Pasillas, Emilio's brother-in-law and manager, frantically called radio stations in an attempt to quash the rumor. [204] It was the most-watched program—regardless of language—among adults ages 18 to 34 in Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco; it tied for first in New York, beating that night's episode of Fox's American Idol. Singer Gabriel Diniz was only 28 when he died. Lynda Carter Actress | Wonder Woman Lynda Carter was born on July 24, 1951 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA as Linda Jean Cordova Carter. Tinker's wife feared they would suffer from community retribution and asked him not to take the case. [169], In the 1997 biopic film about Selena, a store manager asks Latinos running towards the singer for an autograph, "Who's Selena?". [44] According to Quintanilla, Jr. Selena wanted to continue employing Saldívar until she could find a replacement. [106], American actress Jennifer Lopez was cast to play Selena in the 1997 biopic film about her life; this choice drew criticism because Lopez' ancestry is Puerto Rican rather than Mexican. He was 87.Peter Jude says his father died early Tuesday in Coral Gables after an extended illness. [69][68] The singer identified Saldívar as her assailant and gave the number of the room where she had been shot. [58][55][59] While driving back to the motel, Selena told Saldívar it would be best if they stayed apart for a while to avoid upsetting Quintanilla, Jr.[55] According to Dr. Martinez, Selena had tried to contact him that morning but he could not speak on the telephone because he was performing surgery. [256] She received the maximum sentence of life in prison with no eligibility of parole for 30 years. Abnormal breathing 15. [258] As of 2018[update], Saldívar is serving her sentence in Gatesville at the Mountain View Unit, which is operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. [89][90][91], When radio station KEDA-AM broke the news of Selena's death, many people accused the staff of lying because the next day was April Fools' Day. [61] Saldívar surrendered after more than nine hours. She was called the "Queen of Tejano music" and became the first Latino artist to have a predominantly Spanish-language album—Dreaming of You (1995)—debut and peak at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. He began investigating their complaints and found evidence that Saldívar had embezzled $60,000 from the fan club and the boutiques using forged checks. Famous Hispanic Singers Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan are some of the famous Hispanic singers who with their innate sense of rhythm and swing entertain the music lovers. [17] In September 1994, Selena met Ricardo Martinez, a doctor who lived in Monterrey, Mexico. His teammate, Dario Sala, spoke after the player’s death and revealed that Gaviria had said that he could never be killed … The Brazilian pop star was 28 when he died in a plane crash in Brazil on his way to his girlfriend's birthday party. [55] Motel guests complained about loud noises coming from Saldívar's room. [61] She also said the gun went off when Selena left. store. Some of the more famous names include artists Pablo Picasso, Francisco Goya and architect Anotoni Gaudi. "[35] Quintanilla, Jr. told Saldívar he would involve police if she did not produce evidence that disproved his accusations. [61] She was seen clutching her chest screaming, "Help me! [210], On the day Selena was killed, vigils and memorials were held throughout Texas and California. [252] Westergren ordered that the trial would not be televised or taped, and limited the number of reporters in the courtroom to avoid a "repeat of the Simpson circus". [44] Saldívar re-purchased the gun on March 27 and asked Selena to meet her alone at a motel room; this was her second attempt to kill Selena. [144] Record stores ordering more copies of her recordings were told by EMI Latin representatives they would not be able to restock for a few days. [53] According to Carlos Morales, who was waiting outside the motel, he heard screaming and saw Selena running towards him. [144] EMI Latin shipped 500,000 units of Selena's recordings to stores in the two weeks following her death. [12] The two became close friends and the Quintanilla family trusted her. [61] The paramedics tore away the green sweater where the bleeding was taking place and applied a Vaseline gauze to Selena's wound, which stopped the surface bleeding. [99] Carlos Lopez of KMIQ-105.1 told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that "Tejano music is dead for at least today" and compared the reactions to Selena's death to reactions to the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and called March 31, 1995, "Black Friday". [14] Saldívar gave up her career as an in-home nurse for patients with terminal cancer and respiratory diseases. Valdez also called it a "senseless and cowardly" act because Selena was shot in the back. This person believed that Saldívar's goal was to "have more control over [the employees] and over Selena". [16] Her room was covered with Selena posters and pictures, burning votive candles, and a library of Selena videos which she played to entertain guests. He was 61. [9], Saldívar became the founder and acting president of the Selena fan club in San Antonio in June 1991. [67][68] Motel staff noticed her clothes were "soaked in blood" when she approached the lobby. [nb 2] Saldívar became envious of Selena's dependency on Martinez. Unfortunately many famous people's lives have been cut short because of spanish flu, including actors, musicians and athletes. ✈ Buddy Holly (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) Charles Hardin Holly, professionally known … With her exotic looks, curvaceous figure and melodious voice, she is undoubtedly one of the most influential Hispanic performer in the United States. (Jan. 26, 1955 — Oct. 6, 2020) In the ’80s, the Dutch-born Pasadena … complained that Saldívar was always "nice" when Selena was around, but treated everyone terribly when Selena was away. ", "Jenni Rivera movie: Jennifer Lopez wants to produce biopic on deceased singer", "Edward James Olmos Vs. Jennifer Lopez: 'Not Latina enough,' says actor who played her dad in, "Soundtrack doesn't catch Selena's allure", "Telefutura's "Buscando La Doble de Selena" Delivers Record Ratings", "For barrio, Selena's death strikes a poignant chord. At the time of Selena's death, Tejano music was one of the most popular Latin music subgenres in the United States. Some Americans who were unaware of the singer and her popularity criticized the attention she and her murder received from both the media and the Latino community. [25] Ramirez also found receipts were missing from the sale of several boutique items. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, learn about famous Hispanic people like Colombia’s Shakira, Mexico’s Eugenio Derbez, and Spain’s Rosalía. Help me! [161] On the same day, a crowd of three thousand attended an organized mass of the resurrection for Selena at Johnnyland Concert Park. [165][166] Author and Texas Monthly magazine contributor Joe Nick Patoski said Anglo-Americans and Mexican-Americans were divided in their reactions to Selena's death. The concert, titled Selena ¡VIVE!, was broadcast live on Univision and achieved a 35.9 household rating. Search over 40,000 famous deaths in our today in history database. [34] Saldívar's name remained on the payroll after the meeting, though her termination was pending on the retrieval of the financial records that were stolen. Stern said, "This music does absolutely nothing for me. [145] Her song "Fotos y Recuerdos" was number four on the US Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart the day she was killed; it peaked at number one on April 15, 1995. In September 1994, Selena signed Saldívar as her registered agent in San Antonio. [nb 4] Major record companies including EMI Records, SBK Records, Warner Music Group, CBS Records, and Sony Music began signing Tejano artists to compete in the Latin music market. [44] Upon arriving, Selena told Saldívar she could remain in charge of her business affairs in Mexico. Fredrickson could not locate a pulse; when he placed his fingers on her neck, he felt only muscle twitches. [124] When news that Arrarás was able to interview her, Univision was inundated with requests to use the interview from major networks as far away as Germany. Lopez became famous after the film's release. [39] The letter said Maria Elida was closing the account for that reason and that the bank would have to cover the checks. [167] Ramiro Burr of the San Antonio Express-News confirmed that the reactions given from non-Hispanics was due to a language barrier. [96] The promoter charged an admission fee, which upset Quintanilla, Jr.[96] Modesto Lopez Portillo drove from El Salvador to Los Angeles to be the officiating priest for the gathering; the consul general of El Salvador attended as well. [63] Selena was critically wounded; she ran towards the lobby, leaving a trail of blood 392 feet (119 m) long. [11][13] By 1994, Saldívar had signed up more than 8,000 fans. ', [Saldívar] would jump three times". She has been married to Robert … [144] Ben Benavidez, radio personality and owner of Tejano Review, told Corpus Christi Caller Times that March 31 would be remembered as "the worst day in Corpus Christi history". [150][151] Stern's comments and actions outraged and infuriated the Latino community in Texas. During Saldívar's trial for the murder—called the "trial of the century" and the most important trial for the Latino population—Saldívar said she accidentally shot Selena while attempting suicide. [48] She contacted Selena and told her she had been raped. [38], After the meeting, Quintanilla, Jr. discovered the fan club's checks were signed with Maria Elida's signature in handwriting identical to Saldívar's. [105] In the following months, the success of the Selena issue led the company to release People en Español aimed at the Latino market. PLAY. [238][239], In January 2015, it was announced that a two-day annual event called Fiesta de la Flor would be held in Corpus Christi by the Corpus Christi Visitors Bureau as a tribute to Selena. Quivers decided not to talk about the situation to avoid arguing with Stern. Others said, "Easter is more important than Selena Day", and believed people should let Selena rest in peace and get on with their lives. [245] Within hours, she was saying the shooting was accidental. Saldívar showed Selena the gun she had bought; Selena told her to "get rid of it" and said she would protect Saldívar from her father, according to Saldívar and Pérez. [160] On Selena Day, approximately a thousand fans gathered at her grave and began singing traditional Mexican folk songs; police were brought in to control the crowd. Wheezing 18. [220] Priest Father Sal DeGeorge decided to hold a tribute to Selena that day after people—especially children—asked him what was being planned for the singer. [191], Dreaming of You, the crossover album Selena was working on at the time of her death, was released in July 1995. [31] Meanwhile, at both of Selena's boutiques in San Antonio and Corpus Christi, employees noted an influx of unpaid or overdue bills arriving in the mail, for which Saldívar could provide no plausible explanation. [1] He quickly organized his children into a band called Selena y Los Dinos, which included A.B. in Corpus Christi and San Antonio; they were equipped with in-house beauty salons. [220] On April 28, during a fireworks display for Buccaneer Days in Corpus Christi, the music was reworked to include "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" in her memory. [28] Quintanilla, Jr. discovered Saldívar had opened the fan club's bank account under her sister's name, "Maria Elida". She told him she had forgotten the session and she was "taking care of one last [item of] business" and would be at Q-Productions soon after. [227] Fans flocked to her statue and murals, seeing them as a symbols of self-identity, unionism, religious expression, resistance, self-expression, equality, liberation, passion, optimism, possibility, and "encouragement and hope to the poor". The reaction was typical of the majority of Texans, to whom the murder of Selena was just another senseless shooting. [93] All major U.S. networks interrupted their regular programming to break the news. [39] He found a letter in Saldívar's handwriting stating that Maria Elida had to close the bank account because of a major problem. [94] The lead item on national television network evening news programs in Corpus Christi had been the end of the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike; within thirty minutes of its announcement, Selena's murder was the lead item on all television stations in South Texas. [168] Dolph Tillotson, a columnist in The Galveston Daily News, was "mystified" about his newspaper's coverage on Selena's death, whom he never heard of. [67][83] A SWAT team and the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit were brought in. [31], Quintanilla, Jr. held a meeting on March 9, 1995, with Selena and Suzette Quintanilla at Q-Productions to confront Saldívar. [49][50], On March 30, 1995, Selena contacted Leonard Wong about the perfume samples he had made for her. 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