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Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera dies in plane crash

December 13, 2012

This past Saturday night, the father and brother of Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera announced that she had died in a plane crash, according to NBC News.

The wreckage of the plan was located on Sunday in the northern part of the country - Ejido La Colorada, Municipality of Nuevo Leon. Even though what was left was unrecognizable, it is assumed that it was the 43-year-old singer's plane, according to the media outlet.

Officials reported that the aircraft disappeared from radar about 62 miles from Monterrey. It took off around 3:15 a.m., and it was off the radar soon after. The plane was carrying two pilots, four other passengers and the singer, the news source reports.

According to The Associated Press, the first detailed account of what happened came out days later. Secretary of Communications and Transportation Gerardo Ruiz Esparza explained that it is expected that the plane plunged vertically more than 28,000 feet in the air. The plane then nose-dived at speeds as fast as 600 miles per hour.

The late singer is the mother of five children, and her hit songs include "La Gran Senora" and "De Contrabando." Rivera had recently won two Billboard Mexican Music Awards for Female Artist of the Year as well as Banda Album of the Year for "Joyas prestadas: Banda."

Rivera was performing in a concert in Monterrey in front of thousands of her fan on Saturday night, where she talked briefly of her personal life, including her recent divorce from baseball player Esteban Loaiza, the publication reports.

"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 women," Rivera said Saturday night, according to the news source. "The number of times I have fallen down is the number of times I have gotten up."  

The family of Rivera are still waiting to hear more details about the crash and what exactly happened to the plane, AP reports.

Those who want to talk about the tragic accident can make calls to Mexico using international calling cards


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