Mexican-American singer feared dead in plane crash

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A small plane that crashed in northern Mexico Sunday is believed to have been carrying popular Mexican-American singer and reality show star Jenni Rivera, 43, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The plane, which was carrying six people in addition to Rivera, was discovered in a mountainous area south of Monterrey late Sunday. There were no survivors.

A government spokesman said the plane left Monterrey at about 3:30 a.m. and was scheduled for arrival outside Mexico City an hour later, the Associated Press reported. But aviation authorities lost contact with the plane about 10 minutes after takeoff.

Rivera, known as "Diva de la Banda," was born in Long Beach, Calif., the Associated Press reported. She is the daughter of Pedro Rivera, who launched an independent record label in 1987, the Los Angeles Times reported. Rivera's four brothers are also involved in the music industry -- her brother Lupillo Rivera is a popular singer.

Rivera, who has five children and two grandchildren, was reportedly seeking a divorce from her third husband, former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza, the Associated Press reported.

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