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Rest In Peace Mexican-American Singer Jenni Rivera, 43

Submitted by on December 10, 2012 – 11:53 amNo Comment
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Born in the US and deeply loved in her parents homeland of Mexico, accomplished entertainer Jenni Rivera tragically died in a plane crash early Sunday morning.

“We are feeling devastated. It’s a devastation to the family,” the 43-year-old’s brother, Pedro Rivera Jr, told E! News outside the Lakewood, Calif., home of the Riveras, while her father, Pedro Rivera Sr (a pastor) told Telemundo and NBC News that, despite their sadness, the family is grateful for the support Jenni’s fans have shown her over the years.

A Learjet carrying the performer and six others lost contact with air traffic controllers after it took off for Toluca, outside Mexico City, from Monterrey, Mexico, at 3:15 a.m. Sunday. Mexican authorities confirmed wreckage was found and there were no survivors. The pilot of Jenni’s plane was rumored to be 78 years old and the plane itself was 40-something years old.

With a sitcom in development at ABC and hit TV shows (focused on her colorful family) under her belt, Jenni was poised for crossover success by merging cultural popularity with a mainstream audience. She was perhaps the most successful female singer in grupero, a male-dominated regional style influenced by the norteno, cumbia and ranchero styles, selling 15 million records worldwide. She recently won two Billboard Mexican Music Awards: Female Artist of the Year and Banda Album of the Year for Joyas prestadas: Banda. She was nominated for Latin Grammys in 2002, 2008 and 2011.

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