Singer Jenni Rivera Dies in Plane Crash
VIBE is sad to report, Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera was confirmed to have died in a plane crash this past weekend.
As reported her plane went down when it was traveling in Northern Mexico after a concert. On board were Rivera's publicist, her lawyer, a family friend and two pilots.
The singer's brother Gustavo Rivera plans to fly to Mexico today to identify his sister's remains.
"The aircraft was destroyed, totally fragmented," Alejandro Argudin, director general of civil aviation, told CNN affiliate Televisa. He said he believed no one survived the crash.
Rivera was known to fans as "La Diva de la Banda," or The Diva of Banda Music, establishing herself initially as a regional Mexican musical powerhouse with her banda and corridos, or traditional ballad, performances.In recent years, Rivera had been working to crack the U.S. market and was reportedly on the verge of a crossover with an English-language show inspired by the success of "I Love Jenni," a Spanish-language reality TV show on Telemundo's mun2 network.Rivera sold 15 million records, according to Billboard. She recently won two Billboard music awards, including favorite Mexican music female artist. She also was nominated for Latin Grammy Awards in 2002, 2008 and 2011.