Brazilian singer Marília Mendonça dies in a plane crash: NPR

Singer Marília Mendonça will perform in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, on Saturday, September 25, 2021.

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Singer Marília Mendonça will perform in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, on Saturday, September 25, 2021.

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SAO PAULO (AP) – Marília Mendonça, one of Brazil’s most popular singers and a Latin Grammy winner, died on Friday in a plane crash on her way to a concert. She was 26.

Mendonça’s press office confirmed her death in a statement, saying four other passengers on the plane also died. Their plane crashed between Mendonça’s hometown of Goiania and Caratinga, a small town in the state of Minas Gerais, north of Rio de Janeiro.

Minas Gerais State Civil Police also confirmed Mendonça’s death without giving details of the cause of the accident, which took place shortly before arrival. Photographs and videos show the plane lying just below a waterfall; Mendonça had posted a video this afternoon showing her walking towards the plane with a 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 condemning men who control their partners, and calling for female empowerment.

Football star Neymar and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro offer their condolences

Friday night, the news sparked a stream of grief on social media from all corners of Brazil, including fans, politicians, musicians and footballers. Her Instagram account has 38 million followers.

“I refuse to believe I’m just refusing,” Brazilian football star Neymar, who is a friend of Mendonça, said on Twitter after the news came. The Government of Brazil 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 whole country is receiving the news in shock,” he said.

Her album Everywhere album won her 2019 Latin Grammy for best sertanejo album. She was nominated for the same award this year for her album Mistresses.

Mendonça was also famous for his romantic songs that often expressed the loss of his loved ones.

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

Mendonça leaves behind a son who will turn 2 next month.

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