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Jenni Rivera's remains positively identified by authorities

December 13, 2012 | 12:55 pm

The remains of singer and TV star Jenni Rivera have been positively identified and delivered to her relatives, Mexican authorities said Thursday.

Officials in the Nuevo Leon state prosecutor's office said by telephone that DNA tests had been concluded and Rivera's remains were identified. A brother, Lupillo, was on hand to receive the remains.

Four other passengers from the doomed flight and two pilots were also being identified, the officials said.

PHOTOS: Jenni Rivera dies in plane crash

"The families have been here since yesterday and are participating in the process," state government spokesman Jorge Domene said.

Rivera, 43, a famed Mexican American performer, mother of five and master of a growing international business empire, was killed Sunday when the private jet carrying her and four members of her entourage crashed near Iturbide, Mexico.

Rivera had sold 20 million albums, lived in a massive estate in Encino and was preparing to make her American network television debut and was at the height of her career.

An appreciation: Jenni Rivera was a rare voice

Her brothers arrived from Los Angeles to survey the plane crash scene. They had said held out some hope that Rivera was alive, but were prepared for the worst.

On Tuesday, Lupillo Rivera tweeted in Spanish that he was going to bring his sister home to her mother, children, siblings and fans.


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