'Diva de la Banda' Jenni Rivera, 43, Killed In Plane Crash
The banda singer and Long Beach native Jenni Rivera was killed in a plane crash in Mexico this morning.No survivors were found in the wreckage of a plane carrying Rivera, 43, and six others, according to the Associated Press. The plane went down near Iturbide, Nuevo Leon, which is about 60 miles from Monterrey, Mexico.
Transportation and communication minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza told Mexican TV stations that "everything points toward it being the plane" that carried Rivera. Authorities have not confirmed Rivera's death, but Ruiz Esparza said, "There is nothing recognizable, neither material nor human" in the wreckage.
The private jet bound for Toluca (just outside Mexico City) reportedly took off from Monterrey at around 3:15 am, but it lost contact with air traffic controllers, according to CNN. Rivera had a concert in Monterrey last night. It is believed that her publicist, lawyer, makeup artist and the flight crew were among the others killed in the crash, according to The Daily Mail.
The "Diva de la Banda" dominated Latin music charts, and she was slated to star in her own upcoming comedy series on ABC called "Jenni," Billboard reports.
Here she is performing at the Nokia Theater in 2010: