Mexican-American Singer Jenni Rivera Dies in Plane Crash

Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera was killed when the jet she was being shuttled in crashed just outside Monterrey, Mexico early Sunday.

Rivera’s father confirmed reports that the brunette songbird, 43, perished in the fatal crash, along with her publicist, lawyer, makeup artist and two pilots. Pedro Rivera told Spanish language TV network Telemundo:

“Everyone was lost.”

The Learjet 25 had been due to arrive in Toluca, outside Mexico City, but aviation authorities lost contact with it around 10 minutes after takeoff. The wreckage was later found in Nuevo Leon.

It’s still unclear what caused the powerful crash, but civil aviation chief Alejandro Argudín says the jet was “totally destroyed” and “almost unrecognizable.” A mangled California driver’s licence with Rivera’s name and picture was found among the debris

Born in California to Mexican parents, Rivera enjoyed a strong fanbase on both sides of the border. Jenni — a mother of five and grandmother of two — was a popular judge on Mexico’s version of The Voice and recently signed on for an ABC comedy pilot about the adventures of a middle-class Mexican-American mom.

She sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and just this year won two Billboard Mexican Music Awards — one for Female Artist of the Year and the other for Banda Album of the Year for Joyas Prestadas: Banda.