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NTSB: singer Rivera dead in Mexican plane crash

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Photo -   Rosie Rivera, sister of singer Jenni Rivera, hugs their mother Rosa Rivera, as Pastor Pedro Rivera Jr., left, watches during a news conference with friends and family outside the home of Rivera's father in Lakewood, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. Authorities have not confirmed her death, but Rivera’s relatives in the U.S. say they have few doubts that she was on the Learjet 25 that disintegrated on impact Sunday in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)
Rosie Rivera, sister of singer Jenni Rivera, hugs their mother Rosa Rivera, as Pastor Pedro Rivera Jr., left, watches during a news conference with friends and family outside the home of Rivera's father in Lakewood, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. Authorities have not confirmed her death, but Rivera’s relatives in the U.S. say they have few doubts that she was on the Learjet 25 that disintegrated on impact Sunday in rugged territory in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)
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MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — U.S. authorities confirmed Monday that Jenni Rivera, a U.S.-born singer whose soulful voice and openness about her personal troubles made her a Mexican-American superstar, was killed in a plane crash in northern Mexico.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team to help investigate the crash, and the board was told by Mexican authorities that Rivera had died in Sunday's crash.

Rivera's relatives in the U.S. already had few doubts that she was on the Learjet 25 that disintegrated on impact in rugged territory in the Sierra Madre Oriental in Nuevo Leon state.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the twin-turbojet was substantially damaged in a 2005 landing mishap at Amarillo International Airport in Texas. It was registered to a company in Houston at the time.

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