Millions of fans are mourning the death of popular Mexican-American singer and reality show star Jenni Rivera, “La Diva de la Banda,” as she was also known, following the crash of the small plane taking her and some members of her team from Monterrey, Mexico. She had performed in a concert and was heading to the region of Toluca, where she was also scheduled to sing. Rivera was 43.
The Learjet carrying the 43-year-old performer lost contact with air traffic controllers after it took off from Monterrey, Mexico, at 3:15 a.m. following Rivera's concert there. Contact was lost about 60 miles away, Mexico's transportation ministry said in a statement. It was scheduled to arrive in Toluca, outside Mexico City, before sunrise.
Jenni was also the star of I Love Jenni, a reality show that aired on Telemundo's mun2 documenting the singer's jet-set life as an entertainer and mother of five children. It also featured her publicist, lawyer and makeup artist, who were all on the plane with her.
Earlier this month, ABC tapped Rivera to star in her own show. The self-titled comedy, Jenni, would feature her as a strong, middle-class, single Latina woman working to raise a family using unique parenting skills.