Mexican-American music superstar Jenni Rivera, killed in a plane crash Sunday, was traveling with her attorney Mario Macias, makeup artist Jacob Yebale, publicist Arturo Rivera (not family-related) and stylist Jorge Sanchez. The pilots were Miguel Perez Soto, 78 years old, and Alejandro Torres.
Their American-registered Learjet 25 disintegrated on impact and left unrecognizable wreckage in the rugged territory in Nuevo León state in northern México.
Upon boarding the plane, Yebale posted on Instagram what turned out to be the last photo of the singer alive.
“We getting Back To Mexico City…..jenni Rivera ,Arturo , Gigi and Me.. Los Amooo!,” he wrote in the caption.
Yebale, like Rivera, was no stranger to the spotlight. Throughout his career he worked with several Latino stars in television and the music industry, including Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Eva Longoria, Pitbull and Don Omar, just to name a few. His official website lists him as graduating from Make-up Designory.
And just a few hours before the doomed flight, La Diva’s publicist Arturo Rivera tweeted about what would be her last performance, a sold-out show at Arena Monterrey.
The crash happened on the first hours of Sunday, when the group was flying from Monterrey to Toluca, near Mexico City. Rivera was scheduled to tape there an episode of the Mexican version of NBC’s “The Voice,” where she served as one of the judges.
Jorge Sanchez, the stylist, who also went by “Gigi,” described himself as a makeup artist, hairstylist and fashion stylist to television and music stars on Twitter.
A photo ID of the septuagenarian pilot was found at the scene of the accident, along with a mangled California driver’s license with Rivera’s name and picture. He is listed as originally from Tampico, Tamaulipas in México.
No cause has been given yet for the crash, which scattered wreckage near the town of Iturbide in México’s Sierra Madre Oriental.
In 2005, Rivera released a song titled “Cuando Se Muere Una Dama,” which translates to “When a Dame Dies,” describing how she would like to be remembered:
I was a strong ‘guerrillera’
who fought for her children;
remember that in life
your mother did not crack
with her head held high
say goodbye to her with honor
Additional reporting by The Associated Press.