Marília Mendonça, a popular and successful Brazilian singer, has died at the age of 26 in a plane crash north of Rio de Janeiro.
In the accident, four other people died.
The star’s death was confirmed by a statement from her press office that said the plane crashed between Mendonça’s hometown of Goiania and Caratinga, a small city in Minas Gerais state located north of Rio de Janeiro.
When the plane collided with the aircraft, she was on her way from Los Angeles to perform at a concert.
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Minas Gerais state’s civil police also confirmed Mendonça’s death without providing details about the cause of the accident, which occurred shortly before arrival.
“With immense regret, we confirm the death of the singer Marília Mendonça, her producer Henrique, her uncle and advisor Abicieli Silvera Dias Filho, the pilot and co-pilot of the plane, whose names we will preserve at this time,” according to statement shared on Instagram, per Google Translate.
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According to the statement, little is known about the aircraft’s destination and takeoff locations.
The plane debris can be seen below the waterfall in photographs and videos.
Before her death, Mendonça took to social media to share a video that featured her enjoying a meal aboard an airplane.
“This is my reality! Hahahah”, she wrote in Portuguese captioning the post, via Google Translate. After that, she wanted to know what foods were best for her while visiting the state.
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In Brazil, she was a rising star in country music. In her songs she was well-known for challenging feminist issues such as decrying men controlling their partners and advocating for female empowerment.
Following the announcement, many people expressed grief via social media, including politicians and fans.
“I refuse to believe, I just refuse,” Brazil soccer star Neymar, who is a friend of Mendonça’s, said on Twitter after the news broke. Brazil’s government has also expressed condolences.
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Her album “Em Todos os Cantos” won her the 2019 Latin Grammy for best sertanejo album. For her album “Patroas”, she was nominated again for this award.
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Mendonça leaves behind a son, who will turn 2 next month.
This report was contributed by The Associated Press