Sad news from Mexico: Authorities confirmed Sunday that Jenni Rivera, a popular Mexican-American singer and mother of five, was killed in a plane crash early Sunday morning. Rivera was 43. The Learjet’s wreckage was discovered in northern Mexico Sunday afternoon; People reports that there were no survivors among its seven crew members and passengers, including Rivera’s publicist, lawyer, and makeup artist.
Rivera, known as “La Diva de la Banda,” was born in Long Beach, Calif. and released her first studio album in 2003. She has sold over 15 million albums, according to her website, and recently won a pair of Billboard Mexican Music Awards, including Female Artist of the Year. This year, she appeared in Filly Brown, a film about a young Mexican hip-hop artist that played at the Sundance Film Festival. Rivera starred in I Love Jenni, a reality show airing on Telemundo’s mun2, as well. And earlier this month, ABC began developing a multi-camera comedy called Jenni that was to star the fallen singer, according to Deadline.
“We are feeling devastated. It’s a devastation to the family,” Rivera’s brother, Pedro Rivera Jr., told E! News last night. Several celebrities have also expressed shock and sadness about Rivera’s death on Twitter: