Jenni Rivera, 43, confirmed dead in Mexico plane crash - officials
Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera has been confirmed dead by aviation officials after a plane carrying her and several other people crashed in Mexico on Sunday.
The 43-year-old is survived by five children and two grandchildren. Her family and friends in Southern California had held vigils on Sunday night after the tragedy. The aircraft, a U.S.-registered Learjet 25, had crashed after taking off from the city of Monterrey. The wreckage was found later in the day and Mexican officials had said there were no survivors.
A spokesperson for the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board told the Associated Press on Monday that Mexican aviation authorities had confirmed Rivera's death and that the NTSB plans to send a team to assist them with the investigation.
"They're telling us that bodies were everywhere," Rivera's brother, Gustavo, told KABC Television, OTRC.com's parent company, on Sunday. "We're just going to try to go bring back whatever we can."
"I'm just hoping that everybody, when I drive down the street, I can hear her music play day in and day out, because that's what's going to make me cry but it's going to make me the happiest man," he added.
Rivera, a Long Beach, California native, was known for her music with over 10 studio albums in the banda and nortena music genres, as well as her Mun 2 television series, "I Love Jenni," which debuted its first season in 2011.
The singer's makeup artist, Jacob Yebale, posted what is believed to be the last taken photo of Rivera and shared it on his Instagram account (Photo above).
"We getting back To Mexico City...jenni Rivera, Arturo, Gigi and Me...Los Amooo!" he posted on Sunday.
A number of celebrities have Tweeted their condolences including performer Paulina Rubio, television personality Mario Lopez and actor William Levy.
"I had been waiting since 9am for my friend @jennirivera but she never came we continue to cry it's too soon... There are no words there is no consolation" Rubio Tweeted in Spanish (the Tweet has been translated into English).
"Spent some time with Jenni Rivera recently. What an amazing lady... Cool, smart, funny & talented. Such a travesty... God Bless her family," Lopez Tweeted.
"I can't believe what has happened to @jennirivera... My heart is with their families. I wish them all the strength in the world. May God hold her in his Glory..." Levy Tweeted in Spanish (the Tweet has been translated into English).
The singer was recently named one of People en Espanol's 25 most powerful women, and was a spokeswoman for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Los Angeles.
The news comes only days after it was announced that the singer signed a deal with ABC for her own sitcom with Robert Boyett and Robert Horn at the helm.
The show, which was tentatively titled "Jenni," was set to star Rivera as a strong, middle-class, single Latina woman working to raise a family using unique parenting skills, while struggling to run a family business and navigate her extended, co-dependent relatives, according to Deadline.
(Pictured above: Jenni Rivera appears in a photo from Jacob Yebale's official Instagram page on Dec. 9, 2012.)