Jenni Rivera, known to her millions of fans and the press as La Diva de la Banda, has died. She was 43 years old and was flying out of Monterrey on a small private jet which crashed in Mexico, as we also informed you earlier today.
The singer had performed in Monterrey and was supposed to land in Toluca just one hour later, but never did.
On Sunday morning, the wreckage of the plane was discovered. Rivera’s family has confirmed she was on board, TMZ reports.
“Jenni Rivera died early this morning in Mexico after the plane she was flying on crashed shortly after takeoff, leaving no survivors. She was 43,” the celebrity e-zine writes.
“Rivera's father and brother confirmed her death on Telemundo. Four other passengers and two pilots were also aboard the plane. It was headed from Monterrey to Toluca, after Rivera performed in Monterrey on Saturday night,” the same report notes.
“Mexico's transportation ministry says the plane lost contact with radar at 3:15 AM, approximately 61 miles from Monterrey,” TMZ further writes.
After the wreckage was found, Transportation and Communication Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza told the press that the crash had been so bad that no remains were left, which would have made the identification of the bodies difficult.
This alone still gave the family and fans hope that Rivera had not gotten on the plane as scheduled.
As celebrities, fans and the press are weeping for one of the greatest singers of our times, questions arise as to what might have caused the crash that claimed the lives of all those on board.
Gossip blogger Perez Hilton for one, is writing on Twitter that early reports point to a malfunction with the plane.
Moreover, he says, the plane was very old, having been built in 1969. One of the two pilots was 78 years old, he goes on to say, hinting that this too might have been a factor.
Jenni Rivera is survived by 5 children. She will be missed.