SAO PAULO —
Marilia Mendonca, one among Brazil’s hottest singers and a Latin Grammy winner, died Friday in an airplane crash on her solution to a live performance. She was 26.
Mendonca’s press workplace confirmed her dying in a press release, and mentioned 4 different passengers on the flight additionally perished. Their aircraft crashed between Mendonca’s hometown Goiania and Caratinga, a small metropolis in Minas Gerais state positioned north of Rio de Janeiro.
Minas Gerais state’s civil police additionally confirmed Mendonca’s dying, with out offering particulars about the reason for the accident, which occurred shortly earlier than arrival.
Pictures and movies present the aircraft laying simply beneath a waterfall; Mendonca had posted a video this afternoon exhibiting her strolling towards the aircraft, guitar case in hand.
The rising star carried out nation music, in Brazil known as sertanejo. She was identified for tackling feminist points in her songs, reminiscent of denouncing males who management their companions, and calling for feminine empowerment.
On Friday night, the information triggered an outpouring of disappointment on social media from all corners of Brazil, together with followers, politicians, musicians and soccer gamers. Her Instagram account has 38 million followers.
“I refuse to imagine, I simply refuse,” Brazil soccer star Neymar, who’s a good friend of Mendonca’s, mentioned on Twitter after the information broke. Brazil’s authorities additionally provided its condolences.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro additionally used social media to mourn the passing “of one of many biggest artists of her era.”
“The whole nation receives the information in shock,” he mentioned.
Her album “Em Todos os Cantos” album received her the 2019 Latin Grammy for greatest sertanejo album. She was nominated for a similar award this yr for her album “Patroas”.
Mendonca was additionally well-known for her romantic songs, typically expressing the lack of family members.
“You at all times make me cry, you are distinctive and everlasting,” mentioned fan Michelle Wisla on Twitter.
Mendonca leaves behind a son, who will flip 2 years outdated subsequent month.