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    Jenni Rivera's Remains Identified by Her Family

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    Jenni Rivera's grieving family, friends and fans can now have some closure.

    The beloved Mexican-American singer's remains have been identified by her family, days after they held out hope that the star might still be alive, U.S. officials confirmed.

    The singer's remains, however, will be turned over to the family once DNA tests are completed within the next few days, per published reports.

    Jenni Rivera's family hopes singer is still alive

    The plane carrying the singer and her entourage crashed Sunday after taking off from Monterrey, Mexico.

    On Wednesday, Mexican transportation officials released horrific details of the crash, revealing that the plane "practically nose-dived" from an altitude of 28,000.

    Meanwhile, Mexican businessman Christian E. Esquino Nuñez, who was wanted for questioning due to his ties to the plane, confirmed that the singer was in the final stages of purchasing the aircraft but insisted that the plane was well-maintained.

    (Originally published Dec. 13, 2012, at 11:43 a.m. PT)

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