Jenni Rivera dead: Singer's remains identified and turned over to family

jenni-rivera-dead-funeral-plane-crash-remains-identified-license-final-photo-.jpgMexican-American singer Jenni Rivera was presumed dead following a plane crash Sunday (Dec. 9) near Monterrey, Mexico,  but now her remains have been identified by the medical examiner's office in Monterrey, confirming the Latin star's death, reports CNN.

Her remains will now be turned over to her family, who were still hoping that the 42-year-old would be found alive despite officials saying none of the seven people on board survived the crash.

A spokesman for Mexico's Nuevo Leon state says the remains of Rivera's publicist, Arturo Rivera (no relation), and the plane's co-pilot have also been identified.

The other passengers believed to be on board were Rivera's attorney Mario Macias, stylist Jorge Sanchez, and makeup artist Jacob Yebale, who took what is believed to be the final photo of the group. The pilots were Miguel Perez Soto and Alejandro Torres.

Employees at a Monterrey funeral home say the singer's remains will be cremated there. According to family friends, funeral plans have not yet been set, but there will likely be a memorial in Mexico before Rivera's ashes are transported to Los Angeles.  

The cause of the plane crash is currently under investigation, though it has been revealed that the pilot had been working a long shift and that the plane had already crashed once in 2005. 
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