Brazilian singer Marília Mendonça, who was also a Grammy winner and well-known social activist, was killed in a plane crash in southern Brazil on Sunday.
Mendonça, 26, was a passenger on the small, private aircraft that crashed and exploded on landing at Bolívar de Faria International Airport near the city of Recife. She was one of three people on board, her label said.
UPDATE: ‘Decision, Jan II’, whose first album translated from Portuguese to English as ‘The Decision’, was released just three days before her death https://t.co/j4KuV9pciR pic.twitter.com/QqndaBnj5Y — Brazilian Press (@BrasilPress) August 26, 2017
The plane went down shortly after taking off from the city of Santos in Santos do Sul.
The Agencia Brasil news agency reported Mendonça’s live ministry on Facebook was something she was preparing to do before she left for the journey.
Mendonça won a Latin Grammy in 2016 and appeared as a judge on the recent TV series, “Show Me the Money”, in which contestant received a $100,000 cheque after impressing the judges.
President Michel Temer released a statement Friday expressing his sadness at the news of her death.
“With her deep voice, generous heart and her energetic singing, the world was inspired by her and enjoyed an extraordinary talent,” the statement said. “To the family of Marília Mendonça, I convey my deep condolences and best wishes for the future, and in the name of the government, I offer all the government and people of Brazil the most sincere condolences and our most sympathetic support.”
Dozens of friends and fans took to social media to mourn the singer.
The singer began her career singing for the World Youth Day Masses and also at the presidential inauguration of the late Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in 2003.
Mendonça, whose real name was Marilia Marini, had recently won a Latin Grammy for her album, “Decision – Jan II.”
She was the first Latin American artist to win an award at the Latin Grammy ceremony in 2016 and was the first woman to win a Latin Grammy in the Christian category.