The funeral of Marilia Mendonca, one of the country’s most popular singers, was held in the city of Goiania in central Brazil. The artist died along with four other people in a private plane crash. The singer said goodbye to family, friends and fans.
The funeral of the 26-year-old singer was held in the city of Goiania in central Brazil. They were preceded by displaying a coffin at a local sports center, in front of which thousands of fans from all over the country gathered.
According to BBC Mundo, a total of about 100,000 people came to the singer’s hometown.
The artist was flying to the concert
The plane on which Marilia Mendonca was flying crashed on Friday in a village in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. Among the victims was also the artist’s uncle, her producer and two crew members. The machine crashed onto the mountainside about three kilometers before the airport in Piedade de Caratinga.
The investigation to date shows that shortly before the impact with the ground, the wing of the plane hit a power line. The police noted that establishing the exact circumstances of the incident may be difficult, as the light aircraft did not have a black box.
Mendonca was due to perform at a concert on Friday night in the city of Caratinga, 12 kilometers from the crash site. A few hours before the accident, she posted a video on social media in which she showed how she was preparing to board a private plane.
Who was the “Queen of Suffering”?
Mendonca, started her career as a teenager. She was the star of Brazilian country music called sertanejo, winner of the 2019 Latin Grammy Award. She was called the “Queen of Suffering” because her songs focused on the experiences of women with failed relationships.
Last year, when concerts were canceled due to a pandemic, Mendonca appeared in a series of online concerts. One of them set the record for the most watched live broadcasts in the world. In 2020, she was the most listened artist in Brazil on Spotify.
She orphaned a two-year-old son.
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