Jenni Rivera, the 'Diva de la Banda,' lost in Mexico jet crash (+video)
Jenni Rivera died Sunday when her Learjet 25 crashed. Jenni Rivera was a mother, grandmother, and the queen of the grupero music scene in Mexico. Her death was confirmed by US officials Monday.
U.S. authorities confirmed Monday that Jenni Rivera was killed in a plane crash in northern Mexico.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team to help investigate the crash, and the board said Mexican authorities had informed them that Rivera had died in the accident.
Rivera's relatives in the U.S. say that she was on the Learjet 25 that disintegrated on impact Sunday in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico.
"My son Lupillo told me that effectively it was Jenni's plane that crashed and that everyone on board died," her father, Pedro Rivera told dozens of reporters gathered in front of his Los Angeles-area home. "I believe my daughter's body is unrecognizable."
He said that his son would fly to Monterrey early Monday to identify her presumed remains
Messages of condolence poured in from fellow musicians and celebrities.
Mexican songstress and actress Lucero wrote on her Twitter account: "What terrible news! Rest in peace ... My deepest condolences for her family and friends." Rivera's colleague on the Mexican show "The Voice of Mexico," pop star Paulina Rubio, said on her Twitter account: "My friend! Why? There is no consolation. God, please help me!"
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