Jenni Rivera, a Mexican-American Singer, is believed to be dead after the private jet she was flying in Sunday crashed, ABC News reported.
Gerado Ruiz Esparza, Mexico's Secretary of Communications and Transports, has confirmed that Rivera, 43, was one of seven passengers in the private jet that crashed on its way to Toluca International Airport. The Learjet 25 jet left the northern Mexican city of Monterrey at 3:15 a.m. local time on Sunday and fell off the radar 10 minutes after take-off. An official search for the Learjet began at sunrise when it did not arrive at the Toluca International Airport, located outside of Mexico City; the flight was scheduled to arrive at the airport at 4:40 a.m, ABC News reported.
The learjet was found in mountainous terrain in Nuevo Leon, just south of Monterrey. Authorities say there were no survivors, Los Angeles Times reported.
It is believed that there were five passengers and two pilots on the Learjet. Rivera's publicist, Arturo Rivera, and her makeup artist, Jacob Yebale, are believed to have been two of the five passengers on the flight. Jenni Rivera was flying to Toluca Sunday for the taping of a Mexican TV show, La Voz, ABC News reported.
Rivera was a popular recording artist and reality television star. She was best known for her interpretations of regional Mexican music, norteno and banda. She was one of NBCUniversal's biggest bilingual television stars, with a very popular reality show, "I Love Jenni," on cable channel Mun2, Los Angeles Times reported.
Nielsen SoundScan says Rivera has sold 1.2 million albums and 349,000 digital tracks in the United States. "She also had a syndicated weekly radio program and clothing and cosmetics lines -- all designed to appeal to U.S. Latinas. The ABC television network was developing a sitcom starring Rivera, tentatively titled "Jenni," about a strong-willed Latina single mother," Los Angeles Times reported.
Rivera had five children and a grandchild. Celebrity magazines said she was seeking a divorce from her second husband, former Major League Baseball player Esteban Loaiza, Los Angeles Times reported.