December 10th, 2012
03:19 AM ET

Singer, television reality star Jenni Rivera dies in plane crash, brother says

Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera died when the small plane she was traveling in with at least five others crashed in the mountains in northern Mexico, her brother told CNN.

Authorities notified the family there were no survivors, Gustavo Rivera said late Sunday.

There were conflicting reports about the number of people onboard the plane that took off early Sunday from Monterrey, Mexico, and lost contact with air traffic controllers a short time later.

Gustavo Rivera said there were six people, including his sister, her publicist, her lawyer, a family friend and two pilots. Rivera's father, according to published reports, said there were up to seven people on the plane, though he did not identify those believed to be onboard.

The news from Rivera's brother confirmed what authorities suspected earlier in the day.

"The aircraft was destroyed, totally fragmented," Alejandro Argudin, director general of Civil Aviation, told CNN affiliate Televisa. At the time, he said he believed no one survived the crash.


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  1. the prophet

    my heart and the 100 million followers heart goes out to the family and friends in this moment of grief

    December 10, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    R.I.P. Jenni, Queen of Banda! May God bless your family.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jack

    Little Mister.........just like i never heard of your favorite singer "Beiber".

    December 10, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Waylon

    It's a sad sad day here in Mexico.

    December 10, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. superman

    Beautifull woman ...... good talent...... her voice lives on....condolences to the family and friends

    December 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
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