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Mexican-American singer, actor, reality show star Jenni Rivera is believed to have died Sunday after her small plane crashed in northern Mexico.
At the crash site, Mexican Transportation and Communications Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said that "everything points toward" the Learjet carrying Rivera and six other people from Monterrey en route to Toluca, Mexico. The plane had gone missing after takeoff early Sunday.
"There is nothing recognizable, neither material nor human in the wreckage," Ruiz Esparza told the Televisa network.
Rivera, 43, was born in Long Beach, Calif. and was beloved on both sides of the border as one of the biggest stars of Banda music. Rivera had sold 20 million albums over her 20-year career, and she recently won two Billboard Mexican Music Awards for female artist of the year and Banda album of the year for Joyas Prestadas: Banda.
Rivera's talents extended into movies, television, and business. She costarred in the indy film Filly Brown earlier this year and starred in two reality shows, I Love Jenni and Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis and Raq-C. She produced a third reality show starring her daughter. She had also started clothing, fragrance, and real estate businesses.
After a concert in Monterrey, Mexico Saturday night, Rivera's last public appearance was at a press conference at which the thrice-married Rivera discussed her divorce from former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza.
"I can't get caught up in the negative because that destroys you. Perhaps trying to move away from my problems and focus on the positive is the best I can do. I am a woman like any other and ugly things happen to me like any other woman," she said. "The number of times I have fallen down is the number of times I have gotten up."
As news of Rivera's apparent death spread, prominent fans took to Twitter with their condolences.
Gloria Estefan wrote: "Our deepest sympathy to the family & fans of @jennirivera & those that accompanied her on what was to be her last voyage. Rest in peace…"
Eva Longoria tweeted, "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."
Music mogul Russell Simmons wrote, simply, "May she rest in peace..."
Jennifer Lopez: "So sad!! Praying for Jenni Rivera's children and family and the passengers families. Que dios los bendigan!! Descansen en paz..."
One Direction educated their throngs of fans: "RIP Jenni Rivera! She's a hispanic singer who died in a tragic airplane crash, RIP to her & all the people on that plane."
Lou Diamond Phillips: "Words cannot express my shock and sadness over the tragic loss of Jenni Rivera. I had the joy of knowing her. The world has lost a Light."