Jenni Rivera, pictured, a US-born singer whose soulful voice and openness about her personal troubles made her a Mexican-American superstar, has been killed in a plane crash in northern Mexico.
The US National Transportation Safety Board said Mexican authorities informed them that Rivera had died in the accident.
Born in Long Beach, California, Rivera (43) was at the peak of her career as perhaps the most successful female singer in grupero, a male-dominated regional style.
Rivera sold 15 million records, and recently won two Billboard Mexican Music Awards: Female Artist of the Year and Banda Album of the Year for 'Joyas Prestadas (Banda)'. She was nominated for Latin Grammys in 2002, 2008 and 2011.
No cause was given for the plane's crash.