As long as her remains had not been found, Jenni Rivera’s family held out hope that she may have survived a plane crash over the weekend. The Rivera family’s hopes were dashed Thursday when authorities identified recovered remains as those of the 43-year-old music star.
Also identified are the remains of the LearJet’s co-pilot and Rivera’s publicist. The remains of the pilot have yet to be identified, as well as the remains of Rivera’s makeup artist, hairdresser and lawyer.
Mexico’s transportation secretary says the plane plummeted 28,000 feet in 30 seconds shortly after taking off from Monterrey early Sunday morning. The cause of the crash remains unknown and is under investigation. The wreckage of the Learjet was found in the Ejido La Colorada area of Nuevo Leon on Sunday afternoon just hours after the crash.
Rivera, who was known as “La Diva de la Banda" or The Diva of Banda Music, has sold more than 15 million records over the span of her career. Her work earned multiple Latin Grammy Award nominations and two 2013 Billboard Mexican Music Awards, including Female Artist of the Year and Banda Album of the Year for "Joyas prestadas: Banda." Some of her most popular songs include "La Gran Senora" and "De Contrabando."
She is survived by her parents, siblings, 5 children and 2 grandchildren.