La Diva de la Banda, as singer and television personality Jenni Rivera was known, is no longer with us. The Mexican-born star, whose following has expanded considerably through the years, is presumed dead after her plane crashed in Mexico over the weekend.
Rivera, her publicist, stylist and the plane’s crew were flying out of Monterrey, where she had performed, the Daily Mail reports.
The singer was expected in Toluca within the hour.
Hours after takeoff, authorities reported the plane missing, only to find the wreckage shortly afterwards. The impact had been so powerful, nothing distinguishable remained of the plane or the people on it.
“There is nothing recognizable, neither material nor human in the wreckage,” Transportation and Communication Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza told the press, as cited by the aforementioned tab.
Remains of the plane were scattered across a very wide area but, even so, the singer’s family is expected to arrive to identify the body.
For the time being, though, authorities consider Rivera missing, at least until they determine with certainty that she had gotten on the plane as scheduled.
As word of the crash spread online, various celebrities and friends of the diva took to Twitter and other social networks to express their sorrow at her passing. Fans are still praying for her safe return home.
“OMG! Just heard about @jennirivera Praying for her and her family during this difficult & uncertain time!” Gloria Estefan tweeted.
“My friend! Why? There is no consolation. God, please help me!” Paulina Rubio also wrote on Twitter.
Rivera connected with her audiences worldwide through her very personal music and her openness about the struggles in her personal life, including the divorce she’d recently gone through, from Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza.
She was a mother of five and a grandmother of two.