Mexico's Interior Minister dead from plane crash
The BBC reports that Interior Minister Juan Camilo Mourino, 37, became known as the president's strongman as he lead the battles against Mexico's drug cartels.
Mexico's president paid tribute to him as one of his best friends.
"With his death, Mexico has lost a great Mexican, intelligent, loyal and committed to his ideals and his country," Mr Calderon told a news conference.
Despite adding 36,000 troops added to fight the drug cartels, violence has soared