Monterrey, Mexico – Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera is missing and presumed dead after an airplane that she was presumably riding on crashed in northern Mexico.
The wreckage of the small plane believed to be carrying Rivera was found by authorities on Sunday afternoon with no apparent survivors, reports the AP.
Transportation and Communications Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said that “everything points toward” the wreck being the US-registered Learjet 25 carrying Rivera and six other people from Monterrey to Toluca, Mexico. The plane went missing Sunday morning, shortly after takeoff.
“There is nothing recognizable, neither material nor human in the wreckage,” Ruiz Esparza told the Televisa network.
Though authorities did not confirm that Rivera was among the dead, it seems likely that she did not survive the crash.
Jorge Domene, a spokesman for Nuevo Leon’s government, said that Rivera’s plane left Monterrey at about 3:30am after Rivera’s concert there. Aviation lost contact with the plane roughly 10 minutes later. It was scheduled to arrive in Toluca after about an hour.
Rivera’s publicist, lawyer, and makeup artist were aboard, as well as the flight crew.
Rivera was born and raised in Long Beach, California, and is one of the biggest stars of the Mexican style known as grupero, influenced by norteno, cumbia, and rachera styles. She was called “Diva de la Banda” by her fans, and was beloved in both the US and Mexico. She was 43-years-old.
She leaves behind five daughters and granddaughters. She was unmarried, having recently divorced former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who played for the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Speaking to her emotional state after the divorce, Rivera said:
“I can’t get caught up in the negative because that destroys you. Perhaps trying to move away from my problems and focus on the positive is the best I can do. I am a woman like any other and ugly things happen to me like any other woman,” she said Saturday night. “The number of times I have fallen down is the number of times I have gotten up.”
She was known for songs including “De Contrabando” and “La Gran Senora.” She also recently won two Billboard Mexican Music Awards for Female Artist of the Year and Banda Album of the Year for “Joyas prestadas: Banda.”
Our thoughts are with Jenni Rivera’s family though this difficult and emotional time. Are you a fan of Jenni Rivera?