Mexican-American idol and singer Jenni Rivera has been confirmed dead after a small private jet carrying her and four other passengers crashed, killing all on board. The entertainment world is devastated by the loss of the beloved singer. She and her crew were traveling from a concert in Monterrey to the city of Toluca in central Mexico. As the world mourns the loss of pop sensation Jenni Rivera, here are the top 10 facts you need to know.
Jenni Rivera was a Mexican-American singer known for her banda and norteña music. She sold 15 million albums worldwide and was nominated at the 2003, 2008 and 2010 Latin Grammys. The successful singer was also an entrepreneur, starting many companies such as Divina Realty, Divina Cosmetics, Jenni Rivera Fragrance, Jenni Jeans, Divine Music and The Jenni Rivera Love Foundation.
2. Rivera was Coming from a Concert
The pop star was headed to the city of Toluca in central Mexico after performing a concert in Monterrey on Saturday night. She posted a picture on Twitter of herself holding up a sign that says “Nos Vemos este 7 en Colima, 8-en Monterrey. I love you!” which in English says, “See you this 7th in Colima, 8 in Monterrey.”
3. She Recently Divorced Former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza
In a press conference after the concert, Rivera addressed her decision to divorce Loaiza, who has played for the Pirates, Rangers and Blue Jays in the past.
“I can’t get caught up in the negative because that destroys you. Perhaps trying to move away from my problems and focus on the positive is the best I can do. I am a woman like any other and ugly things happen to me like any other woman,” she said. “The number of times I have fallen down is the number of times I have gotten up.”
4. She is Survived by Five Children
Rivera was in high school when she became pregnant with her first child, Janney Marin. She had four other children: Jacqueline Marin, Jenicka Lopez, Johnny Lopez, Michael Marin.
5. The Singer was With Her Publicist, Lawyer, Stylist and Makeup Artist
The singer was on the jet with six others including two pilots. The other passengers were her publicist, Arturo Rivera, as well as her lawyer, stylist and makeup artist. The names of the two pilots were Miguel Perez and Alejandro Torres. Rivera and her entourage were headed to Toluca where she was scheduled to tape the television show “La Voz,” Mexico’s version of “The Voice,” which she was a judge.
6. Her Plane was First Reported Missing
Rivera’s private jet left Monterry at 3:30 a.m. local time on Sunday morning. It was first reported missing 10 minutes after takeoff.
7. The Wreckage was Found with No Survivors
When the wreckage was at first found, authorities only speculated that it was the remains of Rivera’s jet because it disintegrated upon impact. The debris was scattered across a large area and the bodies were unrecognizable. Soon after on Sunday night it was confirmed that the wreckage was in fact the remains of the singer’s jet. Rivera’s melted California driver’s license was found at the scene.
8. Rivera’s Family Spoke Out About the Tragedy
“We are feeling devastated. It’s a devastation to the family,” her brother, Pedro Rivera Jr., told E! News. “We were having a beautiful morning and then we received the news from my brother. ‘Go see mom because we can’t find Jenni’s plane, we don’t know what’s happened to her. That’s when it started, really early at nine in the morning. I came to my mom’s house. We started getting the news. Then at around 5 p.m., we got confirmation that she was gone. It was so painful.”
“When we do find out what has happened with the body, because they have to get it out of the woods there. As soon as they get the bodies out and we receive the news that they’re there, all the family is gonna fly over there and bring our sister back. We don’t know how to thank you for all the love you gave to Jenni and to all the family. It is just so special to have you guys as fans,” Rivera added.
“Life is like that. We live and we die. We may be sad, but when God has the last word for all of us in our last days, it’s time to go. And this was the way Jenni had to go.”
9. This is the Last Known Photo Taken of the Singer
The above photo, taken on board the private jet and posted to Instagram, might be the last photo taken of the artist.
10. The World is Devastated
The tragic loss of Jenni Rivera shook the world and devastated many, including other celebrities. Twitter almost immediately exploded with condolences for her family. The cause of the crash remains unknown. The world lost a legendary performer on Sunday and she will truly be missed by many.