SAO PAULO (AP), Marlia Mendona was one of Brazil's most beloved singers. She was on her way to a concert when she was killed in an aircraft crash. She was 26.
Mendonas' press office confirmed her death and reported that four other passengers perished on the flight. Their plane crashed between Mendonas hometown Goiania, and Caratinga in Minas Gerais state, north of Rio de Janeiro.
Minas Gerais state civil police confirmed Mendona's death without giving details about the accident that occurred just before her arrival. The plane is seen lying just below a waterfall in photographs and videos. Mendona posted a video today showing Mendona walking towards the plane with her guitar case.
In Brazil, she was known for her country music called sertanejo. Her songs addressed feminist issues, including denouncing husbands who control their partners and calling for women empowerment.
The news caused a social media storm Friday night, with sadness from across Brazil, including soccer players, politicians, musicians, and politicians. Her Instagram account has 38 millions followers.
After the news broke, Brazil's soccer star Neymar said, "I refuse to believe," via Twitter. Brazil's government offered condolences.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro used social media to mourn one of the most important artists of her generation.
He said that shock spreads throughout the country.
She won the Latin Grammy 2019 for best sertanejo record with her album Em Todos os Cantos. Her album Patroas was also nominated.
Mendona was also well-known for her romantic songs that often expressed the loss of loved ones.
Michelle Wisla, a Twitter fan, wrote, "You always make me cry. Youre unique and everlasting."
Mendona has left behind a son who will be 2 years old next month.