- Mexican singers who died too soon.
- Learn about murdered artists like, Valentín Elizalde.
- Remember Jenni Rivera’s tragic plane crash.
They reached the heights of fame and suddenly everything was gone.
These talented gruperos were beloved by millions of fans and some died violently, leaving a void in the entertainment world.
Look back at 15 Mexican singers we lost too soon.
Sergio Gómez to Valentín Elizalde were brutally murdered, while Jenni Rivera was killed in a tragic plane crash. They are all tragic tales.
Sergio Gómez of KPaz de la Sierra
Sergio Gómez Sánchez was the lead singer for K-Paz de la Sierra, a regional Mexican group.
On December 1, 2007, he was kidnapped after a concert in Michoacán, according to La Jornada.
Sergio was not only kidnapped, he was tortured and killed.
His body was found on December 3 on the shores of the Morelia-Chiquimitío highway. Days later, a video of him in his coffin appearing to open his eyes began to circulate.
Mexican singers who died too soon: Jenni Rivera
Jenni Rivera boarded a private flight on December 9, 2012 to Adolfo López Mateos International Airport in Toluca.
However, La Diva de la Banda and six other people on board were killed when the plane crashed.
More than eight years have passed and there are still videos of people who say they had warned the singer.
An interview has come to light where Jenni Rivera says she had received death threats.
Gabino Ayala is one of the most recent Mexican singers who died too soon.
On December 25, 2020, accordionist Gabino Ayala of Máximo Impacto, was killed.
The Mexican media reported that the musician was murdered in a commercial plaza in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico.
Apparently, it was a revenge killing related to organized crime in Mexico, according to SinEmbargo.
Valentín Elizalde Valencia was a talented regional Mexican singer.
In 2006, El Gallo de Oro, as he was known, was killed inside his vehicle as he was leaving a fair in Tamaulipas.
His manager and his driver were also killed in the hail of bullets.
Years later, it was rumored that his cousin Tano Elizalde, who was the only survivor of the attack, may have planned the ambush.
Sergio Vega, or El Shaka, was a famous regional Mexican singer who was popular on the banda and norteño scenes.
On June 26, 2010, the Sonoran singer was on his way to a performance at the Alhuel Fair, which was located just over an hour from Culiacán.
He was intercepted on a highway in Los Mochis, Sinaloa by an armed group who shot at his vehicle over 30 times, according to Milenio.
Mexican singers who died too soon: Selena Quintanilla
The singer was murdered in 1995 by her employee and the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldívar.
In the middle of argument over finances, Yolanda shot Selena in the shoulder and she bled to death.
To the dismay of many of Selena’s fans, Yolanda Saldívar, could be released from jail for good behavior in 2025.
Aldo Sarabria was a member of the renowned Mexican music band El Recodo.
The musician was missing for a week and at dawn on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, he was found dead on a road that leads to the community of El Recodo, in Mazatlán, Sinaloa.
Later, it was learned that Sarabria had been shot to death with a nine-millimeter weapon.
He was killed by his wife’s lover and they were both arrested shortly after.
Luis Mendoza, vocalist for Los Ronaldos, was killed in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora.
The regional Mexican singer was traveling with his manager in a white Chevrolet double cab pickup when they were shot.
A video circulated on YouTube showing how Luis Mendoza’s truck looked after the attack.
He was known for of songs like ‘Y Para Qué’ and ‘El Corrido de la Jefa’.
Grupero singer Zayda Pena
On November 30, 2007, an armed squad broke into Zayda Peña’s room at a Matamoros motel and seriously wounded her.
The Mexican singer was immediately transferred to the hospital where they managed to stabilize her.
However, the next day at dawn a murderer infiltrated the hospital to ‘finish the job’ and shot her several times.
According to People en Español, it’s not entirely clear why grupero singer Zayda Peña Arjona was murdered, though it was rumored to have been a crime of passion committed by her lover.
Diego Rivas, also known as ‘El Comander’, was a singer and songwriter born in Culiacán, Sinaloa.
On November 14, 2011, the narcocorrido singer was meeting with several people in a house located in Culiacán, Sinaloa.
In the early hours of the morning, an armed group entered the home.
They not only shot the singer but also everyone else in the room.
Mexican artist Kombo Kolombia
The death of the 17 members of El Kombo Kolombia was, in reality, a massacre.
All of them were kidnapped and later murdered in the municipality of Mina, in Nuevo León, Mexico.
According to police, the group used to work for organized crime and drug trafficking groups.
Eight months after the incident, the authorities arrested Edgar Alberto de la Garza Treviño, 22, who apparently was guarding the area of the road to Monclova while members of Los Zetas’ murdered the musicians.
Mexican singer Enrique Ruiz was also killed
On October 12, 2017, the lead singer for the Cuisillos Band was murdered outside his home in Guadalajara.
He was attacked by several men who shot him at point-blank range.
The police ruled out that it was an attempted kidnapping, as was initially speculated.
Joan Sebastian’s nephew, Hugo Figueroa, was kidnapped and shot to death.
A video of the brutal assault circulated on social media.
The young man’s body was found on January 30, 2019 on a highway in Michoacán.
Since his body had several gunshot wounds, authorities classified it as a homicide.
Alberto Lizárraga of the MS band
Alberto Lizárraga was a member of the MS Band.
He was also the grandson of Cruz Lizárraga, one of the founders of the El Recodo band.
Mexican singer Alberto Lizárraga was killed on March 8, 2011.
He was caught in the middle of a shooting that occurred in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, according to Milenio.
Mexican artist Francisco Fourcade was shot to death
Francisco Fourcade was a young narcocorrido singer.
On February 4, 2019, the singer’s body was found in a channel in front of the Vizcaya University of Guaymas, Sonora.
The 34-year-old had been kidnapped by an armed group that shot him at least 50 times.