Brazilian singer Marília Mendonça has died in a plane crash while travelling to a concert in Goiânia and Caratinga, aged 26.
Mendonça was one of the country’s most prominent stars and the most listened to artist in Brazil on Spotify last year. She also had over 40 million followers on Instagram.
Fans, politicians, and sports stars have now taken to social media to pay tribute to her.
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Professional footballer Neymar tweeted: “I refuse to believe, I just refuse.”
The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, added that Mendonça was ‘one of the greatest artists of her generation’.
He added: “The entire country receives the news in shock.”
“You always make me cry, you’re unique and eternal,” said a fan of the star on Twitter.
The accident took place just seven miles away from the intended destination of the flight, a small city 220 miles from Rio de Janeiro.
The star’s producer and uncle (who was also her adviser) and the pilot and co-pilot of the plane all died in the crash.
Mendonça posted on Instagram showing herself walking towards her plane, carrying a guitar case, just hours before her death.
She performed country music, known as ‘sertanejo’ in Brazil, and was also known for tackling feminist issues and promoting female empowerment through her songs.
Minas Gerais state’s civil police confirmed Mendonça’s death.
They didn’t give any further details on the crash but confirmed an investigation has been launched to determine the cause.
Dubbed Brazil’s ‘queen of suffering’, she rose to fame in 2016 with her first album.
Her LP ‘Todos os Cantos’ won her the 2019 Latin Grammy for best sertanejo album. She was nominated for the same award this year for ‘Patroas’.
The singer leaves behind a son, who will turn two years old next month.
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