Birth Name: Selena Quintanilla
Date of Birth: April 16, 1971
Place of Birth: Lake Jackson, Brazoria, Texas, U.S.
Date of Death: March 31, 1995
Place of Death: Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
Ethnicity: Mexican [Spanish, Indigenous Mexican], possibly Cherokee Native American
Selena, also known by her birth name Selena Quintanilla or her married name Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer.
She was the daughter of Marcella Ofelia Samora and Abraham Isaac Quintanilla, Jr., a musician. Her parents were both of Mexican ancestry. Her siblings are musician A.B. Quintanilla and Suzette Quintanilla.
Selena was married to guitarist Chris Pérez, until her death.
Selena was said to have Cherokee Native American ancestry on her mother’s side. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.
Selena’s paternal grandfather was Abraham Gonzalez Quintanilla (the son of Eulogio Quintanilla Longoria and Dolores Gonzalez).
Selena’s paternal grandmother was Maria Tereza Calderon (the daughter of Humberto Calderón and Concepción Vásquez).
Selena was a seventh cousin, once removed, of actress Eva Longoria. Their common ancestors were Juan Diego Longoria García and María Clara Chapa Benavides.