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Brazilian star Marilia Mendonca, 26, died Friday evening, Norwegian time, in a plane crash, according to reports. CNN Brazil.
It is reported that the small plane crashed in the state of Minas Gerais, southeast of Brazil. Also on board were the artist’s producer, uncle, and advisor, as well as two pilots.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm the death of singer Marilia Mendonca, producer Henrique Ribeiro, uncle and advisor Abesele Silvera Dias Filho, pilot and co-pilot, whose name will not be published at this time,” in a press release.
The plane was en route from Goiania to Karatinga, where the star was scheduled to have a party tonight.
The 26-year-old leaves behind one-year-old Leo.
The plane was in good condition, according to the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC). However, the Center for Aviation Accident Investigation and Prevention will open an investigation to determine the condition of the aircraft in more detail.
Just hours before the accident, the star posted a post on Instagram. There you can see her boarding the plane, as well as sitting in one of the seats. To the post I wrote:
“That’s my reality, folks!”
Mendonça has over 38.3 million followers on the photo-sharing service. The number of followers continued to rise after the death became known.
In April of last year, she set a world record by having the most viewers at the same time on a YouTube live stream. 3.2 million people watched the live video at the same time.
After the tragic news spread, many artists and Brazilians expressed their grief.
Brazilian artist Anita (28 years old) wrote:
I just found out. I can not believe that. I want to believe that there is still hope.”
Brazilian soccer star Neymar Jr. (29) He writes in a Twitter post:
“I refuse to believe it, I refuse.”
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