one of Brazil’s most popular singers and a Latin Grammy winner, Marília Mendonça, perished Friday in an airplane crash on her way to a concert. She was just 26. Choi!
Mendonça’s press office confirmed her death in a pronouncement and declared four other passengers on the flight also died. Their plane crashed at Mendonça’s hometown Goiania and Caratinga, a small city in Minas Gerais state situated north of Rio de Janeiro.
Minas Gerais state’s civil police as well confirmed Mendonça’s death, no details about the cause of the accident, which occurred shortly before arrival was given. Photographs and videos revealed the plane laying just beneath a waterfall; Mendonça had posted a video this afternoon showing her walking toward the plane, guitar case in hand.
The uprising star played country music, in Brazil called sertanejo. She was popular for dealing with feminist issues in her songs, like condemning men who control their partners, and calling for female empowerment.
The news triggered an outpouring of sadness on social media from all corners of Brazil, on Friday evening, as well as fans, politicians, musicians and soccer players. Her Instagram account has 38 million followers.
Mendonça was also well known for her romantic songs, frequently expressing the loss of loved ones.
Fan Michelle Wisla on Twitter said
“You always make me cry, you’re unique and eternal,”
Mendonça is survived with a son, who will be 2 years old next month.
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