NBC News reports that Mexican-American singer, Jenni Rivera, passed away during a plane crash which occurred on Saturday night. The news was also confirmed by the father and the brother of the singer.
Jenni Rivera, the Mexican-American interpreter who worked as a coach on “The Voice Mexico”, was heading towards the airport of Toluca, a town outside Mexico City, at the end of her concert in Monterrey. According to airport officials, the connection with the plane was lost 10 minutes after the singer took off. Mexico’s Secretary of Communications and Transportation, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, confirmed that the remains of the plane were found on early Sunday.
The Secretary further stated that authorities will continue the investigation in order to find the singer and the rest of the people who were travelling with her aboard the plane. Even though the body hasn’t been found yet, investigators doubt that Rivera could have survived the plane crash. She was accompanied by publicist Arturo Rivera, stylist Jorge Sanchez, makeup artist Jacobo Llenares and attorney Mario Macias.
The Monterrey airport began rescue operations as soon as they lost contact with the plane. The plane was eventually found in the early hours of the morning near a ranch in Iturbide in the state of Nuevo León, a few miles away from Monterrey. Jenni’s father and brother released a statement on Sunday afternoon confirming that the singer was present aboard the crashed plane.
Jenni Rivera was expected to take part in the semifinal of “The Voice Mexico”. Her colleagues were devastated by the news of her sudden death and they have decided to postpone the edition. The network Televisa will broadcast a special show on Jenni Rivera instead of the talent program.
Rivera had a strong Mexican identity even though she was born and raised in Long Beach, California. Most of her songs were interpretations of the traditional Mexican music known as nortena and banda.