singer Bret Michaels
has released a statement regarding the passing of Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera
, who died early Sunday when the small plane she was traveling in with at least five others crashed in the mountains of northern Mexico.
: "I am deeply saddened hearing the news of the crash of Jenni Rivera
's plane. Not only did the crash claim the life of Ms. Rivera
but that of four other people, including Jacob Yebale
, who was a great friend to all of us at Michaels Entertainment
, having worked with me, VH1
and 51 Minds
on numerous shoots. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family as well as Ms. Rivera
's and the other families who lost loved ones in this awful and sudden tragedy."Rivera
, 43, was born in Long Beach, California, to Mexican immigrant parents and has sold sold 15 million records, according to Billboard
. She was nominated for Latin Grammy Awards
in 2002, 2008 and 2011.