USMagazine, Monday, December 10, 2012, 6:00am (PST)
Gone but never forgotten.
Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera died in a plane crash near Monterrey, Mexico on Sunday Dec. 9. Traveling for a concert, the 42-year-old star was aboard a private jet with six others early Sunday morning when the aircraft went missing; the wreckage was subsequently discovered Sunday afternoon, with no survivors.
Born and raised in Long Beach, Calif., Rivera became popular for her take on regional Mexican music known as nortena and banda; nominated for several Grammy awards, she sold 15 million records during her career. She is survived by five children.
As news of her tragic death hit late Sunday, the Latin superstar was mourned and celebrated by fellow stars via Twitter. See how some of Rivera's friends and admirers remembered her and her legacy.
William Levy: "I can not believe the @ jennirivera news . . . My heart goes out to her family. I wish you all the strength in the world. God rest her soul."
Paulino Rubio: "I've been waiting for my 9:00 a.m. for my dear friend@ jennirivera but she never came. I'm crying. She left us too soon . . . There are no words — no consolation."
Gloria Estefan: "Our deepest sympathy to the family & fans of @jennirivera & those that accompanied her on what was to be her last voyage. Rest in peace."
Talk show host Cristina Saralegui: "I was saddened to hear of the news of my friend Jenni Rivera. My deepest sympathies to her family and to the family of the others on the plane. May they rest in peace."