Reality TV and singing superstar Jenni Rivera dies in plane crash

The star of mun2's I Love Jenni and "Queen of Banda" died in an early morning plane crash in Mexico over the weekend.
December 10, 2012

Mexican-American superstar Jenni Rivera has died in a weekend plane crash that claimed seven lives.

Rivera, a multi-million selling vocalist, star of mun2′s I Love Jenni and also a coach on Televisa’s The Voice Mexico, was traveling on a private plane following a Saturday evening concert in Monterrey, capital city of Nuevo León, Mexico.

According to mun2′s news report, the plane fell off the radar 10 minutes after its 3:15 a.m. takeoff. An official search for the plane began after it didn’t make its scheduled arrival in Toluca, where, according to the New York Times, she was due to tape an episode of The Voice Mexico. Wreckage of the plane was found in mountainous areas elsewhere in Nuevo León.

Also aboard the plane were two pilots and four other passengers, including her publicist, Arturo Rivera; stylist Jorge Sanchez; lawyer Mario Macias; and makeup artist Jacobo Llenares.

The 43-year-old mother of five was hailed as “the Queen” of the regional style of music known as Banda, and had sold more than 15 million albums in her lifetime. According to Billboard, besides her reality show, she’d recently signed a deal with ABC to star in the comedy Jenni, and also appeared in and produced reality series starring her daughter, Chiquis – Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis and Raq-C, and Chiquis ‘n Control.


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