Mexican-American singer and reality TV star Jenni Rivera poses during an interview in Los Angeles Thursday, March 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
This article originally appeared on Colorlines.com.
After hours of speculation Mexican officials announced late Sunday that a plane carrying Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera was found and that they believed there were no survivors.
Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Mexico's transportation and communications minister, said authorities found what remained of the plane in mountainous terrain in northeastern Mexico, just south of Monterrey, on Sunday night.
"My son Lupillo told me that effectively 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."
Rivera's family will travel to Mexico on Tuesday to help identify her remains and they plan on transporting the body to Los Angeles for services, according to Televisa.
The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Rivera was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She was fluent in Spanish, English and Spanglish and had fans on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
For many Latinos she was a symbol of successfully straddling two cultures. She grew up in a Spanish-speaking home with Mexican traditions and attended Long Beach Unified School District schools that taught in English. And she believed that both the English and Spanish language were equally as important.
Rivera gained notoriety singing a traditional style of music usually reserved for men and was succesful in both Mexico and the United States. She was a judge on Mexico's version of "The Voice" and most recently signed a deal with ABC to star in her own television show on the U.S. network. Rivera was supposed to star in the show as a "strong, middle-class, single Latina woman working to raise a family" while fighting the cultural perception that she needed a man to do it.
Rivera's makeup artist uploaded a picture to Instagram shortly before the plane took off. Rivera is believed to have boarded the aircraft with her publicist Arturo Rivera; stylist Jorge Sanchez; makeup artist Jacobo Lienares; attorney Mario Macias; and the pilots. "We getting Back To Mexico City…..jenni Rivera ,Arturo , Gigi and Me.. Los Amooo!"
The new show looked promising and included big names behind iconic sitcoms like Designing Women, Full House and Family Matters.
Rivera was someone who stood up for what she believed in. She never held back and oftentimes she found herself in the center of controversies. Most recently a divorce and a very public flight with her oldest daughter made headline news.