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Friday, 19 July 2024
Famous Brazilian singer Marília Mendonça dies in plane crash at 26
Marília Mendonça/Facebook page

The BBC reported according to Brazilian officials, Marília Mendonça, one of Brazil's most popular contemporary singers, has been killed in a plane crash at the age of 26.

It said, four other people - her uncle, her producer and two crew members - also died in the accident in a rural area in south-eastern Minas Gerais state.

According to the BBC,aAn investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the crash.

A Latin Grammy winner in 2019, Mendonça became famous for focusing on women's experiences with failed relationships.

Representative image-Plane crash/Pixabay

One of the biggest names of Brazilian country music known as sertanejo, Mendonça started her career as a teenager, and became a national star in 2016 with a hit about infidelity. She was known as the country's "Queen of Suffering".

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Last year, as concerts were cancelled because of the pandemic, she performed in a series of online gigs. One of them set the record of the most-watched live stream in the world, with 3.3 million peak viewers on YouTube.

In 2020, she was the most listened to artist in Brazil on Spotify.

Mendonça, who had a two-year-old son, was set to perform at a concert on Friday evening in the city of Caratinga, 12km (seven miles) from the crash site. Hours before the accident, she posted a video on social media in which she prepared to board the private aircraft.

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The singer's staff had initially said she was alive and well after news of the accident emerged. Television images later showed the damaged aircraft near a waterfall in a mountainous area.

After her death was confirmed, Brazilian footballer Neymar said on Twitter: "I refuse to believe, I refuse". Singer Anitta said: "I can't believe it. I want to believe that there is still hope".

Source: BBC