UPDATE 2-U.S.-Mexican singer Jenni Rivera dies in plane crash

Reuters Middle East

(Updates with father confirming death)

MEXICO CITY, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Mexican-American singer Jenni

Rivera died in a plane crash after the small jet she was

travelling in went down in northern Mexico, her father said on


A spokesman for the state government of Nuevo Leon said

investigators had found the remains of Rivera's Learjet, which

disappeared from the radar 62 miles (100 km) from the northern

city of Monterrey at about 3:30 a.m. local time/0930 GMT.

Speaking after the wreckage was discovered, the singer's

father, Pedro Rivera, told Telemundo television all seven of the

people on board the plane, including two pilots, had died.

"Everyone was lost," Rivera said, flanked by two sons.

Investigators are still searching the crash site in the

municipality of Iturbide, south of Monterrey. The transportation

and communications ministry said the wreckage was strewn so far

and wide that it was hard to recognize anything.

It was not clear what caused the crash.

Rivera, 43, was heading for the city of Toluca in central

Mexico after a concert in Monterrey on Saturday night.

Born in Long Beach, California, to Mexican immigrants,

Rivera sold some 15 million records in her career, won several

awards and received Grammy nominations, her website said.

A mother of five, Rivera was a renowned performer of the

Nortena and Banda musical styles.

(Writing by Dave Graham; Editing by Philip Barbara and Stacey


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