Jenni Rivera Dies in Plane Crash; Singer Was 43

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Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera was killed in a plane crash Sunday.

Authorities in Mexico have confirmed that the wreckage of the small plane, which went down shortly after takeoff, had been found in Nuevo Leon State.

There were no survivors; seven people were believed to be on board.

Jenni Rivera Photo

Officials have not officially declared Jenni Rivera dead, but it appears hopeless.

"There is nothing recognizable, neither material nor human" in the wreckage, investigators said, adding that the impact was such that the remains "are scattered over an area of 250-300 meters."

"It is almost unrecognizable."

The Learjet carrying the 43-year-old lost contact with air traffic controllers after it took off from Monterrey, Mexico, at 3:15 a.m. following Rivera's concert there.

Contact was lost about 60 miles away, Mexico's transportation ministry said.

It was scheduled to arrive in Toluca, outside Mexico City, before sunrise. Tragically, it crashed to the ground and claimed the lives of everyone on board.

Rivera, a native of Long Beach, Calif., sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and was one of People En Espanol's 25 most powerful women.

She was also the star of I Love Jenni, a reality show that aired on Telemundo's mun2 documenting the singer's jet-set life as an entertainer and mother of five children.

Her publicist, lawyer and makeup artist were also on the plane with her.

Earlier this month, ABC tapped Rivera to star in her own show, a self-titled comedy, Jenni, that would feature her as a strong, middle-class, single Latina woman raising a family.

R.I.P.

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