Over the weekend, Internet and television news sources were abuzz with the news that a small plane carrying Latin superstar Jenni Rivera had gone off the radar in northern Mexico. NBC News reports that Rivera’s father and brother have confirmed to Telemundo that the banda singer died in a plane crash outside Monterrey, Mexico. She was 43.
The private aircraft was en route from Monterrey to Toluca early Sunday morning when it went off the radar shortly after takeoff. Officials later found the wreckage on a ranch property in Iturbide. The plane had been carrying Rivera and a small entourage, including her publicist, her makeup artist and her attorney. Authorities have concluded there were no survivors.
Rivera was known as one of the most prominent artists in the Latin music world, having sold about 15 million records and receiving several Latin Grammy nominations. She was a regular on Latin television, starring in her own reality show I Love Jenni and serving as a coach on The Voice Mexico. She had also recently inked a deal with ABC in the states to star in her own series, Jenni.
Rivera recently announced her divorce from her third husband, baseball player Esteban Loaiza. She leaves behind five children.