A picture believed to be the last photo of Jenni Rivera has just surfaced online via Instagram. The photo was posted to the social media site by a user called Yebale on Sunday and shows Rivera along with four others aboard what appears to be a private airplane. They’re all smiling, waving.
Rivera was confirmed dead in a plane crash Sunday after a Learjet 25 aircraft departed from Monterrey, Mexico, at 3:15 a.m. local time and disappeared from radar screens just 10 minutes later.
The plane was scheduled to arrive at Toluca International Airport outside Mexico City after Rivera performed a concert in Monterrey Saturday night.
Reports indicate that air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane. It carried Rivera along with two pilots and four other passengers, reportedly her publicist, Arturo Rivera, her stylist, Jorge Sanchez, her makeup artist, Jacob Yebale, and her attorney, Mario Macias.
Wreckage was later discovered and authorities said there were no survivors. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and Mexican authroities have confirmed the wreckage to be that of Rivera’s plane.
Rivera’s California driver license and the Mexican passport of Miguel Perez Soto, who was one of the pilots, was found in the debris.
Mexican Transportation and Communications Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza told the Associated Press that "everything points toward" the wreckage belonging to the plane carrying Rivera and six other people to Toluca.
Rivera, 43, sold more than 15 million records throughout her career and played a sold-out concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in September of last year, a testament to her popularity on both sides of the border. She was the mother of five children and grandmother of two. In October, she filed for divorce from baseball player Esteban Loaiza after a two-year marriage, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
She also starred in her own reality-TV show, “I Love Jenni,” and made her first film appearance in the independent drama “Filly Brown,” scheduled to hit theaters in January. Rivera has been a dominant force in Latin music for two decades, frequently discussing social issues and relationships in her music.
Rivera was nominated for Latin Grammy Awards in 2002, 2008 and 2011. In October, People en Español named her to its list of the 25 most powerful women.
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