She was en route to a concert at the time of the crash, which killed four other people in addition to the singer. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
, 26, is survived by her 1-year-old son
, de acuerdo a CNN Brasil.
News of the death of the charismatic Latin Grammy winner
, conocido como “the Boss
” to her millions of fans
, shocked the country Friday
. Prominent Brazilians
, including football star Neymar
, came forward in the wake of the news to share their grief
Mendonça quickly rose to fame in the popular sertanejo country music genre and made her mark by singing about women’s empowerment in an environment traditionally dominated by male musicians.
She was the most-listened to artist in Brazil on Spotify in 2019 y 2020, according to her PR firm, and had more than 38 millones de seguidores en Instagram.
, a close friend of the singer
, escribió en Twitter
: “I refuse to believe it
, I refuse.
Caetano Veloso, a septuagenarian stalwart of the Brazilian genre MPB — Brazilian pop music — praised her on Twitter as the “marvelous Mendonça” and said the news had left him in tears.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
dijo el “entire country
” was in
” over the news of her death
, while Rio de Janeiro Gov
. Claudio Castro called her loss a
“Young and talented, Marília was the protagonist of a new chapter of Brazilian country music and inspiration for several singers in the segment. The country is shocked and mourns this loss that came too early,” Castro said in a news release.