Just hours after Mexican-American banda singer Jenni Rivera gave a performance in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, the plane carrying the 43-year-old singer and members of her entourage – including her publicist and attorney – was reported missing during the early hours on Sunday. Mexican Transportation and Communications Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza confirmed that the wreckage of the private jet carrying Rivera was found near the takeoff site, delivering the somber news of the star’s passing to the Long Beach, CA native’s family and fans around the world.
“This is the first tragedy of this kind that we suffer as a family,” Rivera’s father, musician Pedro Rivera told reporters Sunday evening. And while Rivera’s passing represents the tremendous loss to her family – who helped make up the colorful cast of her popular mun2 show “I Love Jenni” – Latino celebrities also expressed grief and disbelief, taking to Twitter to say goodbye to the icon, reality star, entrepreneur and actress.
Cuban American singer Gloria Estefan, tweeted her grief over the late singer.
Our deepest sympathy to the family & fans of @jennirivera & those that accompanied her on what was to be her last voyage. Rest in peace…—
Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) December 10, 2012
Fellow Mexican American Eva Longoria expressed disbelief.
My heart breaks for the loss of Jenni Rivera & everyone on the plane. My prayers go out to her family. We lost a legend today.—
Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) December 10, 2012
Model and actor William Levy took to Twitter immediately, sharing his sorrow with fans.
No puedo creer lo de @jennirivera... Mi corazón está con sus familiares. Les deseo toda la fuerza del mundo. Q Dios la tenga en su Gloria...—
william levy (@willylevy29) December 09, 2012
For a singer like Roselyn Sanchez, Jenni Rivera was an icon to look up to.
Q triste dia...RIP Jenni Rivera y todos los pasajeros de ese terrible vuelo. Q descansen en paz....—
Roselyn Sanchez (@Roselyn_Sanchez) December 09, 2012
For actor Lou Diamond Philips, Rivera’s passing was unbelievable.
Words cannot express my shock and sadness over the tragic loss of Jenni Rivera. I had the joy of knowing her. The world has lost a Light.—
Lou Diamond Phillips (@LouDPhillips) December 10, 2012
Mario Lopez tweeted about the deceased singer, adding that he had recently spent time with her.
Spent some time with Jenni Rivera recently. What an amazing lady... Cool, smart, funny & talented. Such a travesty... God Bless her family—
Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) December 09, 2012
Comedian George Lopez – who always has something funny to say – was in disbelief over the incident.
Rest in Peace @jennirivera My love and Prayers go out to your family and everyone effected by this Tragedy—
George Lopez (@georgelopez) December 10, 2012
Actress Gina Rodriguez also tweeted her shock over the loss of her “Filly Brown” co-star.
I am in utter disbelief and sadness. God in this time of fear please help us remember that you will be protecting our @jennirivera we love u—
Gina (@HereIsGina) December 09, 2012
Fellow Mexican singer Ninel Conde expressed grief over a lost friend.
Ninel Conde (@Ninelconde) December 10, 2012
And global superstar Pitbull expressed admiration for the 43-year-old singer.
I highly respected #JenniRivera 4 being a gr8 performer but more then tht being real & gr8 example 4 us all que dios la bendiga &may she RIP—
(@Pitbull) December 09, 2012
Like Thalia, Rivera had also grown her influence beyond music to include a clothing line.
Dios mío! Me acabo de enterar de la terrible noticia sobre Jenny Rivera! Rezando por un milagro!Cadena de oración por Jenny y su familia!—
Thalia (@thalia) December 09, 2012
Gloria Trevi was a close friend of Rivera’s and seemed overwhelmed with grief.
Sigamos en oración por Jenni y sus acompañantes, porfavor! Fuerza y amor para sus familias.—
(@GloriaTrevi) December 09, 2012
Senator Marco Rubio even expressed his sympathy to fans and Rivera’s family, and paid tribute to the singer in a statement made from on the U.S. Senate floor on Monday.