Brazilian singer Marília Mendonça has died along with four other people in a plane crash after the private jet with the star, her producer and her uncle crashed near a waterfall in southeast Brazil on Friday.
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Just an hour before the fatal crash, Marília Mendonça uploaded a video to Twitter and Instagram showing how he pulls out his suitcase and loads his guitar before boarding.
Mendonça, 26, was on his way to a concert in the town of Caratinga, Minas Gerais, when the private plane crashed.
Mendonca, who won a Latin Grammy Award in 2019, is survived by a one-year-old son named Leo.
Two of the other four victims have been identified as his producer Henrique Ribeiro and his uncle and advisor Abicieli Silveira Dias. The names of the pilot and co-pilot were not disclosed.
His death was confirmed by the military firefighters of Minas Gerais.
Mendonca’s latest video shows eating on a food platter and exercising.
“This is reality, my people! ” She wrote. “Tell me here in the most delicious comments about this wonderful state that is Minas Gerais.”
The twin-engine Beech plane took off from Goiânia and was heading for Caratinga when it crashed at around 3.30 a.m. local hour.
Mendonça would perform at Exhibition Park with the duo Douglas and Vinicius.
“My God. I just found out,” Brazilian singer Anitta tweeted. “I can’t believe it. I want to believe that there is still hope.”
“I refuse to believe, I refuse,” Brazilian soccer star Neymar wrote on Twitter.
The Aviation Accident Prevention and Investigation Center is investigating the incident.
The small plane was manufactured in the United States in 1984 and was in good condition, the National Civil Aviation Agency reported.
The country singer started composing music at the age of 12. She debuted in 2014 and released her debut EP in 2015. It was followed by the live album Marília Mendonça: Ao Vivo, which received three platinum records in 2016.
The album’s first single, Infiel, was the fifth most-played song on Brazilian radio that year.
Mendonça received the Latin Grammy Award for Best Sertaneja Music Album in 2019 for his live project Todos os Cantos.
She was also known as the “Queen of Suffering” because her relationship texts were not working.
According to Spotify, Mendonça was the most listened to artist in Brazil in 2019 and 2020.
“It is with great regret that we mourn the singer Marília Mendonça, all the crew and passengers,” said a statement from the Ministry of Culture. “She was a successful country songwriter. Marília Mendonça leaves a legacy to regional Brazilian music and culture. He will certainly not be forgotten. (We send) our condolences to family and friends. Rest in peace, ‘singer of the world’.