Music industry, fans mourn Jenni Rivera: Mexican-American singer is presumed killed in a plane crash

Private jet travelling from northern Mexico

Mexico's music world is mourning Jenni Rivera Monday, who was presumed killed in a plane crash in northern Mexico.

The 43-year-old U.S.-born singer who was known as the "Diva de la Banda" sold 15 million records, and recently won two Billboard Mexican Music Awards: Female Artist of the Year and Banda Album of the Year.

The Learjet carrying the singer disappeared from radar near Monterrey in northern Mexico Sunday, and no survivors were found in the wreckage, a Monterrey television affiliate reported.

Rivera, 43, is a Long Beach native whose records dominate the "banda" style of regional Mexican music popular in California and northwestern Mexico. She has been one of the biggest stars on Mexico television, and also is popular on "regional Mexican" stations in California.

Searchers late Sunday found crash wreckage, but no survivors, near Iturbide, Nuevo Leon, according to the city's mayor, quoted on the Televisa station in Monterrey. Iturbide is 60 miles from Monterrey.

The plane was owned by a Las Vegas company, Starlight Management, and it had departed earlier from Houston, according to an internet flight tracking service. Initial reports indicated the plane had departed Monterrey after a concert at 3:15 a.m. and was headed to an airport near Mexico City.

Two pilots and five passengers were on board, according to the Mexico City-based General Directorate of Civil Aviation.    The news hit Southland Rivera fans hard.

"She was a great singer, a great mother," Jovana Ramirez told ABC7 outside Rivera's Encino home. "Everything for her was just fantastic."

Young fan Briana Camacho remembered Rivera to ABC7 as funny and "a person not just famous, but she's normal, like other people."

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