Brazilian singer and Latin Grammy winner dies in plane crash

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Singer Marilia Mendonça performs in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. One of Brazil’s most popular singers and a Latin Grammy winner, Mendonca died on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in an airplane crash on her way to a concert. Mendonça was 26 and performed country music, in Brazil called sertanejo. (Will Dias/Futura Press via AP)

SAO PAULO (AP) — One of Brazil’s most popular singers and a Latin Grammy winner died on Friday in an airplane crash on her way to a concert.

Marília Mendonça was 26 and performed country music, in Brazil called sertanejo. She was known for tackling feminist issues in her songs and calling for female empowerment.

Mendonça’s press office confirmed her death in a statement, and said four other passengers on the flight also perished.

Their plane crashed between Mendonça’s hometown Goiania and Caratinga, a small city in Minas Gerais state located north of Rio de Janeiro.

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