Fans pay tribute to Brazil singer Marília Mendonça after plane crash

Thousands of stunned fans flock to Brazil hometown of country singer Marília Mendonça, 26, after she was killed with four others in plane crash on her way to headline concert

  • Marília Mendonça, her producer, uncle and two pilots were killed in plane crash
  • Tributes have poured in for the Latin Grammy-winning 26-year-old star 
  • A convoy with her body is seen before her wake at Arena Goiania sports centre
  • Some 100,000 were expected to attend, said state Governor Ronaldo Caiado

Thousands of people flooded the hometown of late Brazilian country music star Marília Mendonça today to pay tributes to the beloved singer after she died in a plane crash.

The award-winning Brazilian singer was killed at age 26 in a plane crash along with four others after the private jet went down near a waterfall in southeastern Brazil on Friday.

Inside the plane was the star, her producer Henrique Ribeiro and her uncle adviser Abicieli Silveira Dias, as well as the two pilots, the names of which have not been released.

Marília Mendonça, who was killed in a plane crash near a waterfall in southeastern Brazil, pictured performing in Sao Paolo just five days ago

Minas Gerais Military Firefighters Corps shows the airplane plane that crashed that was transporting Brazilian singer Marília Mendonça on Friday

All passengers and pilots died in the crash.

Mendonça uploaded a video to her Twitter and Instagram accounts just an hour before the crash, showing her pulling her suitcase and carrying her guitar as she walked to board her flight. 

The deadly flight was set to land in the Minas Gerais city of Caratinga, where she was meant to perform at her concert.

One of Brazil’s most popular singers and a Latin Grammy winner, singer Marília Mendonça performs in Sao Jose dos Campos in September this year

Emotional tributes were paid to the Latin Grammy-winning superstar of Brazilian ‘sertanejo’ music as her body was flown Saturday to the central city of Goiania, her hometown.

Huge crowds of fans flocked to a stadium where a massive public wake was to be held. 

Fans started lining up at dawn outside the 15,000-capacity arena where large floral arrangements were arriving in a steady stream, AFP reported. 

A convoy with the body of Brazilian singer Marilia Mendonca is seen before her wake at Arena Goiania sports centre, in Goiania, state of Goias, Brazil

The Military Fire Department of Minas Gerais said all five passengers were found dead inside the aircraft 

Student Davi Dyeimes Linares travelled 80 miles to be first in line for the wake, told news site G1: ‘We came to say goodbye to our great Marília Mendonça and thank her for spending these years of her life singing for us and making our hearts soar.’

Some 100,000 people were expected to attend, said Goias state Governor Ronaldo Caiado.

The star and an uncle who worked with her, who were also killed in the crash, were due to be laid to rest later in a small private ceremony for close friends and family at a local cemetery.

Screen grab of a video posted by Brazilian country music singer Marília Mendonça an hour before she and four other people were killed in a plane crash Friday

Brazilian country music singer Marília Mendonça uploaded a video to her social media networks that showed her carrying her guitar and suitcase to the private jet she was flying on an hour before the fatal crash Friday afternoon

The twin-engine plane shattered against the rocks near a picturesque waterfall outside the city of Caratinga, where the artist had been scheduled to perform.

Mendonça was known for breaking into a country music scene long dominated by men and machismo.

She was a leading figure in a burgeoning sub-genre known as ‘feminejo,’ or ‘sertanejo’ music by women.

Nicknamed the ‘Queen of Suffering,’ she was known for ballads of heartbreak and long-suffering lovers, but also for singing of empowerment and the need for women to ‘overcome’, which was also the title of one of her most famous songs.

Brazilian country music singer Marília Mendonça die in a jet crash Friday in Brazil outside. The 26-year-old, a mother-of-one, was scheduled to perform at a concert in the Minas Gerais city of Caratinga

She had 22 million subscribers on YouTube, 39 million followers on Instagram and more than eight million monthly listeners on Spotify.

Her death drew heartfelt tributes from figures ranging from Brazilian music legend Caetano Veloso to football superstar Neymar to President Jair Bolsonaro, who said the country was ‘in shock.’

‘She was one of the greatest artists of her generation,’ he wrote on Twitter.

Minas Gerais Military Firefighters Corps shows the airplane that crashed that was transporting Brazilian singer Marilia Mendonca, in the Brazilian of state Minas Gerais, Friday

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