MEXICO CITY (December 10, 2012)--The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Monday that famed Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera, 43, died in a plane crash in northern Mexico.
It is the first official confirmation of Rivera's death, although she has been widely presumed dead since the wreckage of her plane was found Sunday.
The NTSB is sending a team to assist Mexican authorities with the investigation.
NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said Mexican aviation authorities had confirmed Rivera's death to the NTSB.
The U.S.-registered Learjet 25 disappeared early Sunday shortly after taking off from the city of Monterrey.
Jorge Domene, spokesman for Nuevo Leon's government, said the plane left Monterrey about 3:30 a.m. after a concert there and aviation authorities lost contact with the craft about 10 minutes later.
It was been scheduled to arrive in Toluca, outside Mexico City, about an hour later.
The U.S.-born singer who was known as the "Diva de la Banda" sold 15 million records, and recently won two Billboard Mexican Music Awards: Female Artist of the Year and Banda Album of the Year.