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Officials: Mexican-American Singer Jenni Rivera Killed in Plane Crash

MONTERREY, Mexico -- Singer and Long Beach native Jenni Rivera has reportedly been killed in a plane crash early Sunday morning, officials said. Transportation and communication minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza tells Mexican television that the plane was found in Nuevo Leon state without survivors. The minister said that "everything points toward it being the plane" that carried Rivera and six others. The U.S.-registered Learjet 25 went missing early Sunday after taking off from the city of Monterrey. Two pilots and four other passengers were also believed killed in the crash, Mexico's transportation ministry said in a statement. The plane took off around 3:15 a.m. from Monterrey, Mexico after the singer left a concert in the city. About 60 miles into the flight, the plane lost contact with air traffic controllers. The 43-year-old singer was born in Long Beach, California and is known for within the banda and norteña music genres. Rivera was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in 2002 in the category of "Best Banda Album." She starred in a Telemundo reality show, "I Love Jenni," last year. She is a judge on the popular TV show, "The Voice, Mexico," which was scheduled to air Sunday night. Noting its concern for Rivera, Mexican broadcaster Televisa said it would air a special report on the singer instead. A fellow judge on the show took to Twitter following news of Rivera's disappearance. "My heart is devastated," wrote Beto Cuevas. "All my prayers are with you, Jenni, and your family." In October, People en Espanol named Rivera to its list of the 25 most powerful women.


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