Marília Mendonça: Brazilian Grammy winner dies in plane crash


Brazilian Grammy winner dies in plane crash

Marília Mendonça was one of the best known and most popular singers in Brazil.

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The Brazilian singer Marília Mendonça died tragically. She was one of the most famous musicians in the country.

Brasilia. Brazil mourns: The news of the death of the singer and Grammy winner Marília Mendonça causes great consternation across the country. The 26-year-old was killed in a plane crash near Caratinga, as the fire department of the state of Minas Gerais announced. There was initially no information about the cause of the crash of the small aircraft.

A press spokesman confirmed Mendonças Tod in a statement, announcing that four other passengers were killed. The plane crashed between Mendonça’s hometown Goiania and Caratinga, a small town north of Rio de Janeiro, shortly before arrival. In which accident the producer and an uncle of the singer as well as the two pilots were also killed.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro showed himself affected about the tragedy. “The whole country is shocked about the death of one of the greatest artists of her generation,” wrote the head of state on Friday evening (local time) on twitter. “The feeling is that we have lost someone who was very close to us, because Marília was always present in our lives through her songs.”

Brazil mourns marilia Mendonça

The Brazilian soccer star Neymar also commented on the death of the musician on the social network. “I refuse to believe it,” he wrote. Neymar was considered to be good friend Mendonças.

The artist was one of the most famous and popular Brazilian singers. on Instagram it is followed by around 40 million users, and in 2019 it won the Latin Grammy. The young woman was considered a revolutionary of the “Sertanejo”: the Brazilian one Country music was dominated almost exclusively by men until its breakthrough. Mendonça also sang on feminist issues.

For today’s Saturday is one Funeral service planned. For this, the governor of Mendonça’s home state Goiás, Ronaldo Caiado, expects 100,000 people like him Twitter wrote. Shortly before her death, she posted a video on Instagram. You can see Mendonça walking towards an airplane, she is carrying one Guitar case. It says: “Concert weekend in Minas Gerais”. Mendonça leaves behind a young son who will turn two next month.