Grammy nominated Latin star dies en route to talent show along with seven others in Mexico
michael baggs
11:12 10th December 2012

Jennie Rivera, a Latin singing star and TV talent show host, has been killed in a plane crash on in Mexico on the weekend, it has been confirmed.

Rivera was aboard a Learjet which crashed in Nuevo Leon on Sunday (Decemeber 9). All of the jet's seven passengers, including the pilot, were killed in the crash.

Rivera, who was nominated for several Latin Grammys during her career, was 43 years old. The Mexican singer sold over 15 million albums worldwide and was nominated for the 2003, 2008 and 2010 Latin Grammys.

She was also the first banda artist to sell-out the Gibson Amphitheatre, in Universal City, California, and the first artist to sell-out two back-to-bck nights at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Rivera was a coach on La Voz...Mexico, a Mexican talent show based on The Voice.

She was on her way to Toluca to film an episode of the show when the plane crashed.

The show published a message of condolence on its site on Sunday evening saying that all on the production are 'deeply saddened' by the singer's death and offering condolences to her family, friends and fans.

There was also a special tribute to Rivera shown in place of the scheduled episode of the show.

Rivera was also a successful entrepreneur. She started several companies including Divina Realty, Divina Cosmetics, Jenni Rivera Fragrance, Jenni Jeans and The Jenni Rivera Love Foundation.

In 2010 she became a spokeswoman for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The Los Angeles City Council officially proclaimed August 6 'Jenni Rivera Day' in honour of her charity work and community involvement.


Rivera with her third husband  baseballer Esteban Loaiza

At present it is unclear what caused the plane to crash, but investigators are already searching the crash site for evidence.

Jenni Rivera is survived by five children from two marriages.