Singer Jenni Rivera dies in Mexican plane crash

Mexican-American performer was en route to an appearance on the La Voz… Mexico TV talent show

Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera has died in a plane crash, her father Pedro has confirmed.

The Latin Grammy-nominated star was aboard a private Learjet 25 which crashed in Iturbide in Nuevo León, north-eastern Mexico on Sunday (December 9). She was 43 years old.

Rivera worked as coach in the second season of the Mexican talent show La Voz… México, the equivalent of TV talent show The Voice. The plane was en route to Toluca where Rivera was scheduled to film an appearance on the show.

All seven people on board, including the pilot, were killed, Pedro Rivera told Telemundo. It is not currently known what caused the plane to crash and investigators are currently searching the area for evidence.

The show’s official website published a short message on Sunday evening. It stated that everyone from the show are “deeply saddened” by Rivera’s death and offered condolences to her family, friends and fans. La Voz… Mexico also presented a special tribute to Rivera instead of the scheduled episode.

Rivera was born Jenny Dolores Rivera Saavedra in Long Beach on July 2, 1969. One of five siblings, she was also a mother of five herself.