This April 25, 2012 photo released by Telemundo shows Latin singer Jenni Rivera rehearsing for the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards,  at the Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Fla.

This April 25, 2012 photo released by Telemundo shows Latin singer Jenni Rivera rehearsing for the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards, at the Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Telemundo, Gary I Rothstein/Telemundo)

Stars say goodbye to Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera

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.

Fellow Mexican American Eva Longoria expressed disbelief.

Model and actor William Levy took to Twitter immediately, sharing his sorrow with fans.

For a singer like Roselyn Sanchez, Jenni Rivera was an icon to look up to.

For actor Lou Diamond Philips, Rivera’s passing was unbelievable.

Mario Lopez tweeted about the deceased singer, adding that he had recently spent time with her.

Comedian George Lopez – who always has something funny to say – was in disbelief over the incident.

Actress Gina Rodriguez also tweeted her shock over the loss of her “Filly Brown” co-star.

Fellow Mexican singer Ninel Conde expressed grief over a lost friend.

And global superstar Pitbull expressed admiration for the 43-year-old singer.

Like Thalia, Rivera had also grown her influence beyond music to include a clothing line.

Gloria Trevi was a close friend of Rivera’s and seemed overwhelmed with grief.

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.

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