Who is Marilia Mendonca: Brazilian star and a Latin Grammy Award winning singer Marilia Mendonca reportedly passed away in a fatal plane crash Friday. The 26-year-old had a massive fan following and had made a name for herself at the forefront of Brazil’s sertanejo country music scene.
The plane she was in crashed in Minas Gerais state in a rural area, according to reports. Four others, including Mendonca’s relatives and staff members, lost their lives in the accident. More here.
Mendonca is survived by her two-year-old son.
According to the BBC, the singer was scheduled to perform at a concert in Caratinga on Friday evening. Her social media feed shows a video, her final one, where she is boarding her flight.
essa é a realidade meu povo! hahahah💪🏼🏋🏻🥬🥦
me conta aqui nos comentários mais delícias desse estado maravilhoso que é Minas Gerais! pic.twitter.com/cGBx2kJrzR
— maria mendonça (@MariliaMReal) November 5, 2021
Know Who Is Marilia Mendonca And What We Know About Her Death
Mendonca was among the most famous names in Brazil’s music industry. She had been singing since her teenage years and released her debut album in 2015. Her breakthrough, however, came a year later when Mendonca released Marília Mendonça: Ao Vivo that had the chart-topping song Infiel.
Her 2019 album Todos os Cantos won her the Latin Grammy for the Best Sertaneja Music Album. She was reportedly the most listened to artist in Brazil on Spotify for two consecutive years after that. Fans lovingly dubbed her ‘The Boss.’
As per CNN, President Jair Bolsonaro expressed shock over Mendonca’s death in a statement, saying, “Young and talented, Marília was the protagonist of a new chapter of Brazilian country music and inspiration for several singers in the segment.”
Officials on the case say there isn’t yet enough information about how the plane crashed but suspect the vessel may have hit something before falling. Reports suggest Mendonca’s team, in the initial hours of the news of her death reaching the public, said the singer was alive. Visuals, however, later confirmed the news was true.