Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Mexico’s Secretary of Communications and Transportation, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that, on Sunday, officials found the remains of an airplane that was carrying the Mexican-American superstar and her entourage who were traveling from Monterrey to Toluca, Mexico.
The small jet had been carrying seven passengers (Rivera included) and lost radio contact with the airport a few minutes after departing in the early hours of the morning following a concert, reports THR.
The singer’s father and brother later confirmed to Telemundo that Rivera died in the crash.
With the sad news, Latin artists all over the world took to Twitter to express their heartbreak.
Gloria Estefan mourns, “Our deepest sympathy to the family & fans of @jennirivera & those that accompanied her on what was to be her last voyage. Rest in peace.”
Ricky Martin says, “This is sad. A bit in shock. Much peace to your family.” (Translated from Spanish)
Eva Longoria writes, “My heart breaks for the loss of Jenni Rivera & everyone on the plane. My prayers go out to her family. We lost a legend today.”
William Levy tweets, “My heart goes out to the families. I wish them all the strength in the world.” (Translated from Spanish)
Paulina Rubio mourns, “My friend! Why? There is no consolation. God help me!” (Translated from Spanish)
Pitbull writes, “I highly respected #JenniRivera 4 being a gr8 performer but more then tht being real & gr8 example 4 us all que dios la bendiga &may she RIP”
Rivera, 43, was currently a featured coach on The Voice Mexico. A California native, the singer earned several Latin Grammy nominations and recently signed on to star in an American sitcom with ABC titled Jenni.