Tejano performing artist who sold over twenty-one million albums and earned a Grammy Award for Best Mexican/American Album for Live! in 1994. She was murdered by Yolanda Saldivar, the former president of her fan club who she had previously fired for embezzling money.
She sang at her parents' restaurant, which went out of business, and left school when she was in eighth grade.
Her song, "Dreaming of You" became a thirty-five-times Platinum-selling hit.
She married Chris Perez on April 2, 1992.