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Marília Mendonça, a singer of widespread appeal from late 80s to early 90s, has died after a plane crash in south-east Brazil
Marília Mendonça, a Brazilian singer and songwriter known as one of the most successful singers of late 80s and early 90s, has died in a plane crash in central Brazil.
Police say 17 people were on board the aircraft that crashed near the city of Florianopolis, including four women and 11 men, including artists who had charted hits from the mid-80s to mid-90s.
Brazilian police say there were eight crew members and seven passengers on board the Vittorio Colao flight, which was carrying models Leandra Leal, Vinicius de Moraes and Eliza Samudio from Vinci-Ximena.
David Milan, an airline spokesperson, told Reuters by telephone that the flight crashed near the city of Florianopolis about the southeastern tip of Brazil.
Leila Leal and Eliza Samudio, two of the three female passengers killed in the crash. Photograph: Files
Ten people have been airlifted to hospital, with three in critical condition, Mendonça’s manager, Mariela Altimar, told Agence France-Presse.
Six people were reportedly on board an ambulatory ventilator and two had broken legs, while one was thought to have suffered a concussion.
The spokeswoman for the medical centre in Calumet, near where the crash occurred, said the crash happened on a steep stretch of hillside near a hotel in a resort hotel.
The two aircraft came to rest a short distance from each other, she said.
Mendonça’s debut album, Le Globo Rio to Africa, sold more than three million copies across the world, according to Agence France-Presse. It hit number two in the Spanish charts and was featured in box-office hits, such as Kalifornia.
The singer’s style involved a mix of samba and pop. Her vocal harmonies and rhythmic style appeal to young women who were often discovered by producers, according to Foz de Brazil online magazine.
A woman hugs a child at the site of the plane crash in Florianopolis. Photograph: Felipe Dana/AP
Later she collaborated with several other top artists, notably Gloria Estefan, and became a corporate spokeswoman.
Most recently, the singer was promoting a video of the song Donzal, which was promoting breast cancer awareness among black Brazilian women.
Around 170,000 people backed her online campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer among Afro-Brazilian women through videos and articles in publications, said lianaleyldiener, the national coordinator of initiatives against the disease for the nonprofit group Astras.