Grammy-nominated singer Mar? Lia Mendon? A, died at 26 after tragic plane crash
Brazilian singer Marília Mendonça tragically died in a plane crash, her representatives confirmed in a statement on her Instagram page. She was 26 years old. Four other people died in the crash, which is still under investigation by Brazilian authorities. Mendonca was about to perform in Caratinga.
The plane crashed in the state of Minas Gerais on Friday afternoon, reports CNN Brazil. The aircraft was a twin-engine Beech Aircraft belonging to the PEC Taxi Aereo company. It took off at 13:05 GMT from Santa Genoveva airport in Gioania. Local firefighters rushed to the crash site, but all five people on the plane, including the crew, died in the crash. The cause of the accident is unknown.
“With immense regret, we confirm the death of singer-songwriter Marília Mendonça, her producer Henrique Ribeiro, her uncle and advisor Abicieli Silveira Dias Filho, and the pilot and co-pilot, of whom we will not reveal their names for now, read a Portuguese statement published on the singer’s Instagram page on Friday night, reports Billboard. “The plane took off from Goiania to Caratinga where Marília would perform tonight. At the moment, that is all the information we have.”
Mendonca started writing songs at the age of 12 and has over 8 million listeners on Spotify and above. 22 million subscribers on YouTube. In April 2020, during the first peak of the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil, Mendonça performed a live show broadcast on YouTube that drew more than 3.3 million viewers at a time. She also reached number six on Billboard‘s Social 50 graphic. His 2019 album Em Todos os Cantos was a resounding success in Brazil, selling over 240,000 copies. The album won the Latin Grammy for Best Serteneja Music Album.
Mendonca first achieved success in 2016 when she released her self-titled live album in 2016. Her other albums are Reality (2017) and Agora and Que São Elas 2 (2018). Mendonça is survived by his son, Leo, born in December 2019. His father is an artist Murilo huff, reports Entertainment tonight.