Brazilian singer Marilia Mendonca dies in plane crash aged 26

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Brazilian singer Marilia Mendonca dies in plane crash aged 26

Marilia Mendonca, one of Brazil’s most popular singers and a Latin Grammy winner, has died in a plane crash aged 26.

Mendonca’s press office confirmed her death in a statement, and said four other passengers on the flight also perished.

Marilia Mendonca (AP)
Marilia Mendonca (AP)

Their plane crashed between Mendonca’s hometown Goiania and Caratinga, a small city in Minas Gerais state located north of Rio de Janeiro on Friday.

Minas Gerais state’s civil police also confirmed Mendonca’s death, without providing details about the cause of the accident, which occurred shortly before arrival.

 (AP)
(AP)

Photographs and videos show the plane laying just beneath a waterfall; Mendonca had posted a video this afternoon showing her walking toward the plane, guitar case in hand.

The rising star performed country music, in Brazil called sertanejo.

She was known for tackling feminist issues in her songs, such as denouncing men who control their partners, and calling for female empowerment.

On Friday evening, the news triggered an outpouring of sadness on social media from all corners of Brazil, including fans, politicians, musicians and soccer players.

Instagram account has 38 million followers.

“I refuse to believe, I just refuse,” Brazil soccer star Neymar, who is a friend of Mendonca’s, said on Twitter after the news broke.

 (REUTERS)
(REUTERS)

Brazil’s government also offered its condolences.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro also used social media to mourn the passing “of one of the greatest artists of her generation.”

“The entire country receives the news in shock,” he said.

Her album “Em Todos os Cantos” album won her the 2019 Latin Grammy for best sertanejo album.

She was nominated for the same award this year for her album “Patroas”.

Mendonca was also famous for her romantic songs, often expressing the loss of loved ones.

“You always make me cry, you’re unique and eternal,” said fan Michelle Wisla on Twitter.

Mendonca leaves behind a son, who will turn 2 years old next month.

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