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The popular Brazilian singer Marília Mendonça was one of the fatalities left by an aircraft crash this Friday in southwestern Brazil, the Minas Gerais Fire Department reported.
The 26-year-old interpreter had left shortly after noon from the city of Goiânia, near Brasilia, to tour Minas Gerais.
“This Friday, a small aircraft, model Beech Aircraft, crashed in the rural area of Piedade de Caratinga,” the firefighters reported.
“It is confirmed that the aircraft was carrying the singer Marília Mendonça and that she is among the fatal victims,” he added.
Mendonça’s press team said in a statement that its producer, Henrique Ribeiro, aide Abicieli Silveira Dias Filho, the plane’s pilot and co-pilot were also killed in the crash.
The cause of the crash of the aircraft was not immediately known.
What is known of the incident?
Mendonça had left Goiânia to do a tour in Minas Gerais, which would begin in Caratinga.
The aircraft fell near a body of water in the Piedade de Caratinga mountain range.
Firefighters reported that, after receiving a call for help, a strong odor of fuel was found at the scene, but there were no flames or risk of the aircraft exploding.
Initially, the artist’s representatives reported that Mendonça had been rescued. However, shortly after his death was confirmed.
Before boarding, the singer shared a video on her social networks in which she appears on a plane, presumably the aircraft she boarded, about two hours before the accident was known.
In the publication on Instagram, where he had almost 38 million followers, he announced that this weekend he would perform in Minas Gerais.
A precocious career
Marília Mendonça was born in 1995 in the city of Cristianópolis, in Goiás.
At the age of 12 he began to write songs and compose music.
Known as the “queen of suffering” for singing about heartbreak, she rose to fame as an icon of the Brazilian music style called “sertanejo”
Its popularity in Brazil soared between 2015 and 2016 with hits such as Louco sentiment and “Unfaithful”.
Other of his best known songs are Ciumeira, “Overcome” and From burning to guilt.
In 2019 he won a Latin Grammy for the best sertaneja music album.
Mendonça had a 1 year old son.
“Marília Mendonça leaves a legacy for Brazilian regional music and Brazilian culture. It will certainly not be forgotten,” wrote the Special Secretariat for Culture of Brazil on Twitter this Friday.
Back to the stage
In 2020, during the pandemic, the live broadcast of a Mendonca concert on YouTube drew 3.3 million viewers.
With the return of in-person shows after more than a year, the singer did a series of performances in Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in October.
Tickets were already on sale for the Festival das Patroas, a show in which Marilia would perform with the duo Maiara e Maraísa in 2022.
The three released the album Patroas 35% last month, which was advertised on a huge billboard in Times Square, New York’s iconic plaza.
“You can’t imagine what goes through my head … Not even in our best dreams did we imagine that we would have the work of our lives embodied in one of the most famous avenues in the world“The singer wrote on her Instagram account at the time.
An investigation is opened
The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) informed BBC Brazil that it will be in charge of investigating the case.
The FAB explained that during the initial investigation they will look for evidence, photographs of the scene, remove parts of the aircraft for analysis, hear reports from witnesses, among other procedures.
There is no set time to complete this investigation.
“Completion of investigations will take the shortest possible time, always depending on the complexity of each event and also on the need to discover the contributing factors,” the FAB said in a statement.
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