Wreckage of Jenni Rivera's plane believed to be found in Mexico, no survivors
The wreckage of the plane believed to be carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera has been found.
Rivera, 43, was confirmed to have been aboard a small plane that had gone missing after taking off from the city of Monterrey on December 9. According to a Mexican official, the wreckage believed to be carrying Rivera was found, and there are no survivors.
UPDATE on Monday: December 10: Aviation officials have confirmed that Jenni Rivera died in the plane crash. More details here.
Transportation and communication minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said that "everything points toward it being the plane" that carried the Mexican-American singer and six others, according to the Associated Press.
The singer and reality star was aboard the plane that left Monterrey after a concert at about 3:30 a.m. The plane was bound for Toluca, which is located outside of Mexico City.
According to Jorge Domene, a spokesman for the Nuevo Leon state government, a search for the plane was launched early Sunday, and seven people total were believed to be aboard the U.S.-registered Learjet 25.
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 December 9.
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.
NOTE: At 11:55 a.m. OTRC.com reported that the plane of Jenni Rivera was missing in Mexico and a search was underway - the original story is here.
(Pictured above: Jenni Rivera appears in a photo from Jacob Yebale's official Instagram page on Dec. 9, 2012.)