Marília Mendonça Wiki – Marília Mendonça Biography
Brazilian country music star Marília Mendonça died in a plane crash on Friday in a rural region of the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, according to her public relations firm.
She was en route to a concert at the time of the crash, which killed four other people in addition to the singer.
Mendonça is survived by her 1-year-old son, according to CNN Brasil.
She was 26 years old.
Marília Mendonça Killed in Plane Crash
Officials said that Mendonca, one of the hottest young stars of Brazil’s answer to country music, died in a plane crash on Friday.
The 26-year-old mega-popular “sertanejo” singer was killed when the small plane she was traveling in crashed in Minas Gerais state in southeastern Brazil, firefighters said.
There was no immediate word on the cause of the crash, which also killed the Latin Grammy-winner’s producer and one of her uncles – who worked with the singer – as well as the two pilots.
Local TV showed footage of firefighters working to remove the bodies from the plane, which crashed in a rocky area next to a waterfall.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Still, in a statement on Friday, the Minas Gerais Electric Company (CEMIG) said Mendonça’s plane had hit a cable on an electric tower belonging to the power firm.
Minas Gerais police chief Ivan Lopes Sales said at a news conference Friday that it was still too early to determine the cause of the crash but added the dispersed debris field suggested the aircraft had “hit something before the plane fell.”
News of the death of the charismatic Latin Grammy winner, known as “the Boss” to her millions of fans, shocked the country Friday. Prominent Brazilians, including football star Neymar, came forward to share their grief in the wake of the news.
Mendonça quickly rose to fame in the popular sertanejo country music genre and made her mark by singing about women’s empowerment in an environment traditionally dominated by male musicians.
According to her PR firm, she was the most-listened-to artist in Brazil on Spotify in 2019 and 2020 and had more than 38 million followers on Instagram.