NTSB Confirms Jenni Rivera Died in Plane Crash

Her driver's license found among wreckage

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Dec 10, 2012 10:36 AM CST

(Newser) – The US National Transportation Safety Board is confirming that Mexican singer Jenni Rivera was indeed killed, along with six other people, in the Learjet crash early yesterday in Monterrey's mountains. "It was Jenni's plane that crashed and that everyone on board died," her father, Pedro Rivera, told dozens of reporters gathered in front of his Los Angeles-area home. "I believe my daughter's body is unrecognizable."

It is the first official confirmation of Rivera's death, although she has been widely presumed dead since the wreckage of her plane was found yesterday. The NTSB is sending a team to assist Mexican authorities with the investigation. An NTSB spokesman says Mexican aviation authorities had confirmed Rivera's death to the NTSB.

Jenny Guerrero pays tribute to Jenni Rivera at a makeshift memorial in front of an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Plaza Mexico shopping center in Lynwood, Calif., early Monday, Dec. 10, 2012.
Jenny Guerrero pays tribute to Jenni Rivera at a makeshift memorial in front of an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Plaza Mexico shopping center in Lynwood, Calif., early Monday, Dec. 10, 2012.   (Patrick T. Fallon)
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This April 25, 2012 photo shows Latin singer Jenni Rivera rehearsing for the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards, in Coral Gables, Fla.
This April 25, 2012 photo shows Latin singer Jenni Rivera rehearsing for the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards, in Coral Gables, Fla.   (Gary I Rothstein)
In this picture taken March 8, 2012, Mexican-American singer and reality TV star Jenni Rivera poses during an interview in Los Angeles.
In this picture taken March 8, 2012, Mexican-American singer and reality TV star Jenni Rivera poses during an interview in Los Angeles.   (Reed Saxon)
Jenicka Lopez, 15, daughter of Jenni Rivera, right, is hugged by Rivera's niece, Divine Rivera, outside the home of Jenni Rivera's father in Lakewood, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.
Jenicka Lopez, 15, daughter of Jenni Rivera, right, is hugged by Rivera's niece, Divine Rivera, outside the home of Jenni Rivera's father in Lakewood, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.   (Patrick T. Fallon)
A woman adjusts a flower in front of candles and pictures displayed in tribute to singer Jenni Rivera at the Plaza Mexico shopping center in Lynwood, Calif., early Monday, Dec. 10, 2012.
A woman adjusts a flower in front of candles and pictures displayed in tribute to singer Jenni Rivera at the Plaza Mexico shopping center in Lynwood, Calif., early Monday, Dec. 10, 2012.   (Patrick T. Fallon)
A California driver's license bearing the name of Jenni Rivera at the site where a plane carrying Rivera crashed near Iturbide, Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.
A California driver's license bearing the name of Jenni Rivera at the site where a plane carrying Rivera crashed near Iturbide, Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.   (STR)
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