Brazilian singer Marilia Mendonca among 5 killed in plane crash
Published: 15:30 6 November 2021
Brazil`s popular singer Marilia Mendonca killed in a plane crash in southeastern Brazil; Photo: Collected
Five people, including popular singer Marilia Mendonca, have been killed in a plane crash in southeastern Brazil.
The plane carrying them crashed in the State of Minas Gerais on Friday, BBC reported, citing the Brazilian officials.
Among the dead were 26-year-old Mendonca, a relative, her producer and two crew members.
The cause of the accident is not yet known, Brazilian authorities informed, saying that an investigation has already started to reveal the cause of the accident.
Meanwhile, a televised photo showed the damaged plane near a waterfall in a mountainous area.
Marilia Mendonca, who won the Latin Grammy in 2019, started her career as a teenage singer. In 2016, she became the star musician of Brazil and is mostly known as the ‘Queen of Suffering’.
Marilia performed consistently online last year after multiple concerts were canceled due to the pandemic. She set a record for the most viewed live stream in the world, and at one point her performance was viewed by 3.3 million people on YouTube.
Her songs were the most listened among the Brazilian artists on the online platform Spotify in 2020.
Marilia Mendonca, the mother of a two-year-old boy, flew by to sing at a concert in the town of Caratinga on Friday evening, local time. The distance from the accident site to Caratinga was about 12 kilometers.
Mendonca posted a video showing that she was preparing to board the private plane, a few hours before the crash.
After the news of the accident, the staff of Mendonca’s team initially said that the popular singer is alive and well.
After the news of her death was confirmed, Brazilian footballer Neymar wrote on Twitter, “I am not willing to believe (this news), I am not willing.”
Another Brazilian singer, Anita, wrote, “I can't believe it. There is still hope, I want to believe it.”
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