A plane crash early Sunday morning has taken the life of Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera and six others. The singer and her team boarded the plane at 3:15 am from Monterrey, Mexico following her concert in that city. The flight was on it’s way to Toluca (outside of Mexico City) before losing contact with air traffic controllers.
Rivera, a Long Beach, California native, according to People:
“was known as the Diva of Banda with over 20 million albums sold worldwide and recently named one of People En Español‘s 25 most powerful women. She was also the star of I Love Jenni, a reality show that aired on Telemundo’s mun2 documenting the singer’s jet-set life as an entertainer and mother of five children. It also featured her publicist, lawyer and makeup artist, who were all on the plane with her.”
Jenni’s family released a statement today mourning the loss of their beloved mother, sister, daughter, and friend. Her brother, Pedro Rivera Jr., expressed his sadness:
“We are feeling devastated. It’s a devastation to the family,We were having a beautiful morning, and then we received the news from my brother [Gustavo]. ‘Go see mom because we can’t find Jenni’s plane, we don’t know what’s happened to her.’
That’s when it started, really early at 9 in the morning. I came to my mom’s house. We started getting the news. Then at around 5 p.m., we got confirmation that she was gone. It was so painful…We may be sad, but when God has the last word for all of us in our last days, it’s time to go. And this was the way Jenni had to go.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jenni Rivera’s family, friends, and fans during this difficult time.