Authorities in northern Mexico are confirming that a small plane carrying Mexican-American singer and reality star Jenni Rivera has gone missing after taking off from the city of Monterrey. It is confirmed that Rivera and the other 5 aboard are dead.
Jorge Domene, spokesman for the Nuevo Leon state government, told Milenio television on Sunday that the plane left Monterrey at about 3:30am after she had performed in a concert there. Mexico’s transportation ministry says the plane lost contact with radar at 3:15 AM, approximately 61 miles from Monterrey.
Seven people were believed to be aboard the U.S.-registered Learjet 25, including two pilots.
The 43-year-old who was born and raised in Long Beach, California, is known for her interpretations of Mexican regional music known as Nortena and banda. She had been active in the industry since 1992, and her tenth studio album, Jenni, became her first number-one in the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart in the United States. It was released in 2008. Rivera has sold some 15 million records in her career and won several awards and Grammy nominations
Born in Long Beach, California, to Mexican immigrant parents, Rivera lived in Encino, California with her five children and grand-daughters. She is the sister of fellow singer Lupillo Rivera.
She also currently stars in the reality TV show I Love Jenni on the Mun2 network.
She divorced former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza in October after two years of marriage. She has five children from prior relationships.
Three days ago, it was reported that Rivera had agreed to shoot a pilot for a new ABC sitcom called Jenni.
As this is a fast moving, developing story, we’ll be updating the page as information is received.