Winner of the 2016 Latin Grammy for best tropical album and an international Brazilian sensation, Mendonça’s death was announced on her Facebook page
Brazilian singer and Grammy winner Marília Mendonça has died in a plane crash at the age of 26 in Venezuela, according to reports.
Mendonça, known for her tropical pop sound, won the 2016 Latin Grammy for best tropical album and an international Brazilian sensation. She was believed to be en route to a music festival in Mexico.
The Caracol Television network, news channel Globosat and Jornal Nacional all reported the news of her death on Tuesday evening, based on their sources in the Venezuelan emergency services.
In a statement, Caracol said “there is no explanation” for Mendonça’s death. Brazilian singer En Lecia posted her condolences on Instagram.
“This is the hardest news, I am in the midst of expressions of pain and grief,” the president of Brazil’s national broadcasting network Telesur, Ana Helena Menendez, tweeted.
Singer Cindy Castro was also en route to the festival but is being treated for burns.
Members of the Caracol Television network were traveling on the flight. Telesur said the network’s content director, Marcos Carneiro and Vitor Moraes, executive producer, were also on the plane. They are not believed to have been injured.