Brazilian country singer Marilia Mendonca died in a plane crash on Friday. She was 26-years-old at the time of her death. Four other people, including two crew members, Marilia’s uncle and her producer, also passed away. The Brazilian government is running an investigation to determine the cause of the crash.
The singer was traveling in a small plane to the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais to perform in a concert. The plane went down just seven miles from their destination in a rural region of the state. According to pictures and videos taken from the crash, the plane landed just below a waterfall.
The five victims flew out of Santa Genoveva airport in Goiânia on Friday and were scheduled to land in Caratinga, just north of Rio de Janeiro.
Video footage, which was posted on Twitter, show bodies being pulled from the plane crash. While Marilia Mendonca was originally reported as surviving the crash, that information is false. There were no survivors of the destructive crash. Fans are trying to understand what happened to their favorite singer.
Following the crash, Minas Gerais’ civil police issued a statement regarding the incident. They said, “With immense regret, we confirm the death of the singer Marília Mendonça, her producer Henrique, her uncle and advisor Abicieli Silvera Dias Filho, the pilot and co-pilot of the plane, whose names we will preserve at this time,”
The singer’s death was also announced in a statement by her PR team.
Before the crash, Marilia posted a video of her boarding the plane and enjoying a meal. The singer joked with online fans and asked them what kind of food she should try when they landed.
Marilia Mendonca was a singer that was best known for her Brazilian country music, or sertanejo. She was very famous in her native Brazil, after she became a national hit back in 2016. She started her singing career when she was just a teenager.
The singer’s music focused on feminist issues like infidelity and female empowerment. In Brazil she became known as the “Queen of Suffering.”
In 2019, the singer won a Latin Grammy for best sertanejo album and in 2020 she was the most listened artist on Brazilian Spotify, and that mainly had to do with the Covid-19 pandemic. Marilia was one of a handful of Brazilian stars who took their talents online.
Through social media and YouTube videos of her singing, Marilia amassed an even bigger following. One of her videos broke the record for most viewers on a YouTube livestream. It got 3.3 million viewers.
Following her death, many of her fans have taken to social media to express their grief over the singer’s passing. Neymar, a Brazilian soccer star and personal friend of Marilia’s tweeted “I refuse to believe, I just refuse.”,
The late singer also got a mention by the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who called her “one of the greatest artists of her generation,” according to a translated tweet. The president said that the entire country was shocked by the tragic death.
Brazilian police are still investigating the cause of the crash. Not much information was given besides the plane’s original take-off and landing location. It is also unclear how Marilia’s body will be laid to rest. No funeral plans have been announced, but with over 38 million followers on Instagram, Marilia has many fans that will mourn her death.
Marilia Mendonca is survived by her son, who will turn 2-years-old next month.