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Singer Jenni Rivera's Remains Identified After Plane Crash

Body of Mexican-American singer found in craft wreckage

Jenni Rivera
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December 13, 2012 5:15 PM ET

The remains of Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera have been identified and turned over to her family, CNN reports. Rivera was one of seven people on a small plane that disappeared 10 minutes after taking off from Monterrey, Mexico on Sunday. Wreckage was found in a mountainous region and, using DNA samples from the remains, a medical examiner was able to identify the bodies of Rivera, her publicist and the plane's co-pilot.

The news unfortunately ends the Rivera family's hope that she survived the crash. "It's a 95 percent chance that she's dead, but we have that belief because we don't have a body," her brother Pedro Rivera Jr. said recently during a press conference outside Rivera's mother's house. "They found clothes. They found shoes, but they didn't find any DNA."

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The Rivera family is currently making funeral arrangements, and employees at the funeral home in Monterrey said the singer will be cremated and placed in a red urn. The family also said there will probably be a memorial in Mexico before Rivera's ashes are taken to Los Angeles, her final resting place.

An accomplished singer, Rivera had recently made a foray into acting. Her debut film, Filly Brown – in which she plays the incarcerated mother of an up-and-coming hip-hop artist – will premiere in April as scheduled.

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