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Sunday February 16, 2014

Estranged Husband of Jennifer Rivera Sues for Wrongful Death Benefits

Esteban Loiaza Veyna, the estranged husband of the late Jenni Rivera, has filed a wrongful death suit against the owners of the Learjet that crashed killing Rivera in 2012.

At the time of Rivera’s death Loiaza was legally married to Rivera but the couple was in the process of divorcing. Rivera had filed for divorced from Loiaza, 41, two months before her death. 

The estate of ‘La Diva de la Banda’ which benefits Rivera’s five children have filed multiple wrongful death suits related to the crash that took her and six other peoples lives.

The General Civil Aviation Administration cited a “series of factors,” that included the age of the plane and the age of the pilots, as cause for the December 9, 2012 crash in Iturbide, Mexico.  The exact cause of the crash cannot be pinpointed since the plane was demolished upon impact with few large portions of the plane left to examine.  Rivera was en route to Toluca when the plane lost contact with air control 15 minutes after take off.

Loiza, a former Mexican-American baseball player, is a controversial figure.  He is alleged to have carried on an affair with the singer’s then 26-year-old daughter, Chiquis Marin, while married.  There were also accusations he had stolen money from the singer.  The couple was married two-years when Rivera filed for divorce.

During his professional baseball career Loaiza pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, and Toronto Blue Jays.  Most recently he was signed to play in the Mexican Baseball league for the Delfines del Carmen.

The suit claims that the couple was “legally married” at the time of Rivera’s death.  The implication is that Loaiza is therefore entitled to wrongful death benefits, something her family is sure not to agree with.

 

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