Fan Jenny Guerrero pays tribute to singer Jenni Rivera at a makeshift memorial in front of an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Plaza Mexico shopping center in Lynwood, Calif., early Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Authorities have not confirmed her death, but Rivera’s relatives in the U.S. say they have few doubts that she was on the Learjet 25 that disintegrated on impact Sunday in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — U.S. authorities confirmed Monday that Jenni Rivera, a U.S.-born singer whose soulful voice and openness about her personal troubles made her a Mexican-American superstar, was killed in a plane crash in northern Mexico.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team to help investigate the crash, and the board was told by Mexican authorities that Rivera had died in Sunday’s crash.
Rivera’s relatives in the U.S. already had few doubts that she was on the Learjet 25 that disintegrated on impact in rugged territory near the town of Iturbide in the Sierra Madre Oriental in Nuevo Leon state.
“I believe my daughter’s body is unrecognizable,” her father, Pedro Rivera, told dozens of reporters gathered in front of his Los Angeles-area home.
He said that his son would fly to Monterrey Monday or Tuesday.
Also aboard the plane were Rivera’s publicist, Arturo Rivera, her makeup artist, Jacob Yebale, two friends, one named Mario Macias and another who was identified only as Gerardo, and the two pilots, said Mexico’s Communications and Transportation Department in a statement.
Alejandro Argudin, of Mexico’s civil aviation agency, said Monday it would take at least 10 days to have a preliminary report on what happened to the plane.
“We’re in the process of picking up the fragments and we have to find all the parts,” Argudin told reporters. “Depending on weather conditions it would take us at least 10 days to have a first report and many more days to have a report by experts.”
Messages of condolence poured in to the Rivera family from musicians and celebrities.
Mexican songstress and actress Lucero wrote on her Twitter account: “What terrible news! Rest in peace … Login to read more