On Monday, United Media Publishing reported that Yolanda Saldivar, the convicted killer of singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, was reported dead. The outlet went on to share that Saldivar was found dead in her cell by prison deputies.
“Yolanda Saldivar was found dead in her cell by deputies during a routine walk through of the Mountain View unit in Gatesville, Texas. Attempts to resuscitate Saldivar proved futile as she appeared to have been dead for several hours before discovery. Cause of death will be announced pending autopsy and toxicology reports.”
However, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice says otherwise. “She is alive,” spokesman Jason Clark declared in a statement on Monday night, clearing up death hoax rumors, KSAT (an affiliate of ABC) reports.
This is the second time since late last year that Yolanda Saldivar, the former Selena fan club manager and boutique store manager, has been linked to a death hoax.
In 1995, Saldívar was discovered to be embezzling more than $60,000 from both the fan club and the boutiques. Things came to a fatal end for the Queen of Tejano music on March 31, 1995 when Yolanda Saldivar shot Selena in the shoulder at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi, Texas after the singer confronted Saldivar about her behavior. Saldívar was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole on March 30, 2025. In late 2014, rumors began to circulate that Saldívar was up for early release due to her deteriorating health.
Making her mark on the music scene during her brief life, Selena was named the “Top Latin artist of the 1990s” by Billboard Magazine. The singer’s rise in the music world was made into a 1997 movie with Jennifer Lopez portraying the artist. This past April, Lopez channeled Selena on stage once again for the Latin Billboard Awards to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Selena’s death.
To date, her records have sold 60 million around the globe.
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