“Diva de la Banda” Jenni Rivera killed in tragic plane crash
The wreckage of a small plane carrying Mexican-American singing superstar Jenni Rivera was found in northern Mexico on Sunday and there are no survivors, authorities said. The U.S.-registered Learjet 25 carried Rivera and six other people from Monterrey en route to Toluca, Mexico. The plane had gone missing after takeoff early Sunday.
“There is nothing recognizable, neither material nor human in the wreckage,” Transportation and communication minister Gerardo Esparza told the Televisa network.
Jorge Domene, spokesman for Nuevo Leon’s government, said the plane left Monterrey about 3:30 a.m. after Rivera gave a concert there and aviation authorities lost contact with the craft about 10 minutes later. It had been scheduled to arrive in Toluca, outside Mexico City, about an hour later.
Also aboard the plane were her publicist, lawyer, makeup artist and the flight crew.
The 43-year-old who was born and raised in Long Beach, California, is one of the biggest stars of the Mexican regional style known as grupero music, which is influenced by the norteno, cumbia and ranchera styles. Most of her music focused on heartbreak, cheating men and relationships.
The so-called “Diva de la Banda” was beloved by fans on both sides of the border for such songs as “De Contrabando” and “La Gran Senora.”
Rivera has sold over 15 million albums worldwide and was nominated at the 2003, 2008 and 2010 Latin Grammys. She recently won two Billboard Mexican Music Awards: Female Artist of the Year and Banda Album of the Year for Joyas prestadas: Banda.
The singer, businesswoman and actress appeared in the indie film Filly Brown, as the incarcerated mother of Filly Brown, and has her own reality shows including I Love Jenni and Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis and Raq-C and her daughter’s Chiquis ‘n Control. Rivera signed a deal with ABC last month to star in her own multi-camera family comedy pilot called Jenni, starring the singer as a middle-class Latina woman struggling to raise a family and run a family business.
Celebrities tweeted about the star’s death:
“I highly respected
#JenniRivera 4 being a gr8 performer but more then tht being real & gr8 example 4 us all que dios la bendiga &may she RIP” – Pitbull
“Que en paz descanse Jenni Rivera y sus acompañantes. Mi más sentido pésame.” – Prince Royce
“Our deepest sympathy to the family & fans of
@jennirivera & those that accompanied her on what was to be her last voyage. Rest in peace…” – Gloria Estefan
Jenni Rivera is survived by five children and two grandchildren.