GOIANIA, BRAZIL (AP) — Struck with grief, tens of hundreds of followers gathered Saturday to pay tribute to Marília Mendonça, one among Brazil’s hottest singers who was killed a day earlier in an airplane crash at age 26.
The Latin Grammy winner and 4 different passengers, together with her producer and uncle, perished Friday when their airplane crashed whereas flying from Mendonça’s hometown of Goiania in Goias state to Caratinga, a small metropolis in Minas Gerais state north of Rio de Janeiro.
Some mourners arrived as early as Friday night time to bid farewell to the nation music singer, spending the night time exterior the massive gymnasium in Goiania the place Mendonça’s wake was held. Individuals stood in traces for hours Saturday within the scorching warmth, at instances taking shelter from the solar underneath massive umbrellas, ready to cross by her coffin.
“Her, lifeless, it doesn’t make sense. Everybody likes her,” mentioned Tania Rodrigues, who was within the crowd together with her 11-year-old daughter, Rosangela.
Ilsa da Costa Oliveira, wrapped in Brazil’s inexperienced and yellow flag and holding three crimson roses in a single hand and a CD of Mendonça within the different, spoke of the traits that made the singer so common: “She could be very charitable to the general public, to ladies, to males, youngsters, younger individuals, previous individuals … She’s a superb individual, humble and charismatic.”
Contained in the gymnasium, followers have been capable of catch a look of the singer, who was recognized for her feminist engagement, writing about empowering ladies and denouncing home violence. Some broke down in tears as they handed her open coffin.
The Latin Recording Academy issued a press release saluting “a promising younger singer/songwriter,” calling her “the voice of a brand new technology of sertaneja,” Brazil’s nation music.
“Marília Mendonça might be sorely missed, however her legacy will dwell on via her music,” the assertion mentioned.
Particulars about the reason for the accident remained unknown. Pictures and movies Friday confirmed the airplane mendacity simply beneath a waterfall. Earlier within the day, Mendonça had posted a video displaying her strolling towards the airplane, guitar case in hand. She was on her strategy to a live performance.
Related Press journalist Eraldo Peres reported this story in Goiania and AP author Diane Jeantet reported from Rio de Janeiro.
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