Mexico city, Mexico (4E) – Renowned Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera is feared dead after a small plane carrying the reality television star and six others believed to have crashed in the mountains near Nuevo Leon, just south of Monterrey.
Mexico’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications, which launched a search and rescue operation on Sunday, confirmed that there were no survivors.
Although neither human nor material is recognizable in the wreckage, Mexican Transportation and Communications Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said, “everything points toward” it being the U.S.-registered Learjet 25, which disappeared from the radar screen shortly after take off from Monterrey.
The plane was heading towards Toluca, near Mexico City. Born to Mexican parents in California in 1969, Rivera, 43, was NBCUniversal’s one of biggest bilingual television stars. She got huge fame from her reality show, “I Love Jenni”.
Her fans know her as “la diva de la banda”. In the United States, the Long Beach native Rivera has sold 1.2 million albums and 349,000 digital tracks.