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Jenni Rivera's Death: Everything We Know So Far

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New information regarding singer Jenni Rivera's death continues to emerge. 

As family and friends speak out on the tragedy revolving around the legendary performer, who died in a plane crash in Mexico earlier today, we've compiled a breakdown of all the details surrounding the event, from what was found at the wreckage to photos posted shortly before it all happened. 

Here's what we know so far...

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It All Started With a Plane Crash: The superstar was reported missing after her plane reportedly lost contact with air traffic controllers in Mexico after taking off in Monterrey early Sunday morning. The plane lost contact with controllers about 60 miles after it took off and had two pilots and four other passengers onboard: her publicist, Arturo Rivera, her stylist Jorge Sanchez, her makeup artist Jacobo Llenares and her attorney Mario Macias.

Authorities Find Wreckage: Mexican officials claimed that the wreckage of a small plane believed to be carrying the singer was found with no apparent survivors. Transportation and communication minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza told Mexican television that "everything points toward it being the plane" that carried Rivera and six others.

Rivera's Family Speaks Out: The star's father and brother spoke to Telemundo about the tragedy and confirmed Jenni's death. "She never gave up and she was good to everyone," her father, Pedro, said about his daughter's legacy to Telemundo outside of his home in Lakewood, Calif. Jenni's brother, Pedro Rivera Jr., tells E! News that the family is "devastated," but added, "Life is like that. We live and we die. We may be sad, but when God has the last word for all of us in our last days, it's time to go. And this was the way Jenni had to go."

Jenni Rivera dead following plane crash

Why She Was There: Jenni was in Monterrey for a concert appearance. In a photo posted on her Twitter account on Friday, Jenni Rivera can be seen referring to her concert in Monterrey. In the photo she is seen holding up a sign with the words, "Nos Vemos este 7 en Colima, 8-en Monterrey. I love you!"  Translation: "See you this 7th in Colima, 8 in Monterrey."

During a press conference after the concert, Rivera addressed her recent decision to divorce former major league baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza.

"I can't get caught up in the negative because that destroys you. Perhaps trying to move away from my problems and focus on the positive is the best I can do. I am a woman like any other and ugly things happen to me like any other woman," she said. "The number of times I have fallen down is the number of times I have gotten up."

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What Was Found in the Crash: Authorities forensic expert and the Attorney General of the State of Nuevo Leon managed to recover Rivera's California driver license and the Mexican passport of Miguel Perez Soto, who was one of the leading aircraft pilots in the wreckage.

Snapped on Instagram: Possibly her last photo, Jenni was photographed with her team yesterday, which her makeup artist posted on Instagram. "We getting Back To Mexico City.....jenni Rivera ,Arturo , Gigi and Me.. Los Amooo!"

NTSB Confirms Rivera Is Dead: In a release sent out on Monday, the National Transportation Safety Board said it is dispatching investigators to assist the government of Mexico in its investigation of the crash of the Learjet LJ25 that claimed the lives of Rivera and six others. According to the release, "On December 9, 2012 at about 3:30 a.m. local time, the airplane crashed about 70 miles south of Monterrey, Mexico, due to unknown circumstances while en route to Mexico City, Mexico. All 7 persons on board were fatally injured including Latin singer Jenni Rivera."

Rivera's Film Debut: Her first movie, Filly Brown, is due in theaters in the spring of 2013. In the independent drama, Rivera plays the incarcerated mother of an aspiring L.A. rapper.

She Had Small Screen Plans As Well: Rivera was developing a sitcom with ABC. She was reportedly set to star as a Mexican-American singer-actress also struggling to make it as a single mom.

Family Hopes She Is Still Alive: Brother Juan Rivera says the family is holding on to the chance that Jenni is not dead. "In our eyes, we still have faith that our sister will be OK," Juan told reports, per Reuters.

(Originally published on Dec. 9, 2012, at 10:28 p.m. PT)

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