Latin Music Star Jenni Rivera, famously known as “La Diva de la Banda” died in a tragic plane crash in Mexico on Sunday.
Although her body has not been found, the Learjet 25 she was flying in went down in the rugged territory of Mexico’s northern Nuevo Leon state and her driver’s license was found amongst the crash site debris.
Apparently the plane disappeared from the radar only 10 minutes after takeoff. Jenni had just finished performing a show on Saturday night in Monterrey, Mexico and was heading to Toluca for a performance on Mexico’s version of “The Voice.”
Rivera was a U.S. born pop artist who gained huge popularity in Mexico with her debut album “Chacalosa” which sold more than 1 million albums. She dominated the regional Mexican musical styles like norteno and grupero which were traditionally male-dominated genres.
She also starred in a hugely popular reality show “I Love Jenni” and another spin-off series. She was also currently in talks to develop a show here in the states for ABC.
Her 2008 album “Jenni” was #1 on Billboard’s Latin Albums chart and she also won two Billboard Mexican Music Awards for Female Artist of the Year and Band Album of the Year.
It is believed that there were no survivors on the plane, which included her publicist, her lawyer, make-up artist and the flight’s crew.
Friends have been taking to Twitter to mourn, including Jennifer Lopez who wrote, “So sad…Praying for Jenni Rivera’s children and family and the passengers families” and singer Paulina Rubio tweeted, “My friend! Why? There is no consolation. God, please help me.”