U.S.-Mexican singer Jenni Rivera dies in plane crash

MEXICO CITY Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:51am IST

Mexican singer Jenni Rivera receives her award for top album by a woman performer at the 2009 Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami, April 23, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files

Mexican singer Jenni Rivera receives her award for top album by a woman performer at the 2009 Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami, April 23, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria/Files

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera died in a plane crash after the small jet she was travelling in went down in northern Mexico, her father said on Sunday.

A spokesman for the state government of Nuevo Leon said investigators had found the remains of Rivera's Learjet, which disappeared from the radar 62 miles (100 km) from the northern city of Monterrey at about 3:30 a.m. local time/0930 GMT.

Speaking after the wreckage was discovered, the singer's father, Pedro Rivera, told Telemundo television all seven of the people on board the plane, including two pilots, had died.

"Everyone was lost," Rivera said, flanked by two sons.

Investigators are still searching the crash site in the municipality of Iturbide, south of Monterrey. The transportation and communications ministry said the wreckage was strewn so far and wide that it was hard to recognize anything.

It was not clear what caused the crash.

Rivera, 43, was heading for the city of Toluca in central Mexico after a concert in Monterrey on Saturday night.

Born in Long Beach, California, to Mexican immigrants, Rivera sold some 15 million records in her career, won several awards and received Grammy nominations, her website said.

A mother of five, Rivera was a renowned performer of the Nortena and Banda musical styles. (Writing by Dave Graham; Editing by Philip Barbara and Stacey Joyce)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

ENTERTAINMENT SHOWCASE

Rivers' Biography

Rivers' Biography

Biography of late comedian Joan Rivers to be published in 2016.  Full Article 

Drugs Offence

Drugs Offence

China prosecutor approves arrest of Jackie Chan's son on drug charge.  Full Article 

A Minute With

A Minute With

Ethan Hawke on lessons from Robin Williams.  Full Article 

Season Opener

Season Opener

Rihanna, CBS bench opening number for Thursday football.   Full Article 

Tanovic Speaks

Tanovic Speaks

Emran Hashmi is a decent, calm guy: Tanovic.  Full Article 

Another Stunt

Another Stunt

Daredevil Nik Wallenda to walk over portion of Chicago skyline.  Full Article 

Activist DiCaprio

Activist DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio named U.N. messenger of peace for climate.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage