By Ray Rahman
December 11, 2012 at 07:52 PM EST
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The tragic news of Jenni Rivera’s death this weekend inspired an outpouring of fond remembrances and condolences, with everyone from Pitbull to Carson Daly paying their respects to the late singer. Among those impacted by the loss was fellow Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio, who got to know Rivera personally during their time together on The Voice Mexico. As a farewell to her fallen friend, Rubio was kind enough to write us a touching tribute to Rivera, which you can read below:

“Jenni Rivera was a powerful artist, a wonderful human being, a dedicated mother and grandmother, a symbol of strength, a warrior, and a dear friend who truly helped all of us around her.

It is still very hard for me to comprehend and accept what has happened. Yesterday we were all waiting for her at the TV set — we were supposed to perform a duet together last night on the show. Shortly after arriving, we started hearing rumors about her plane being missing and then we heard the tragic news — it was just overwhelmingly devastating.

Since working together in The Voice Mexico, we became very close and she always had words of encouragement even in the worse situations. Today and always, I will remember her strength, enthusiasm, courage and her immeasurable love for her children, family and her fans to whom she always gave the best. My thoughts and prayers are with her children during this time of unbearable pain.”

Read more:

UPDATE: Plane carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera found, with no apparent survivors

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