Marília Mendonça: Brazilian singer killed in Colombia plane crash

Image copyright Andrew Medichini Image caption Marília Mendonça, known for her international hits, had been travelling from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo

Singer Marília Mendonça, best known for her Latin Grammy-winning crossover hit Názuri, has died in a plane crash.

She was travelling from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo when the aircraft crashed in Colombia, killing her and at least 75 others on board.

The singer had worked with Sergio Mendes in the 1980s and released more than 20 albums.

She won Latin Grammys in 2006 and 2011.

“The horrible news came in that singer Marília Mendonça was killed in the crash of an Aeronavian airbus that was carrying 96 people, including a Brazilian group,” her record label Miami Records said in a statement.

Image copyright AFP Image caption The body of Marília Mendonça is shown outside a local hospital Image caption Other survivors of the plane crash include Brazil’s Marco Antonio Emiliano

“Marília was a great artist, a wonderful person, and a pioneer of bridge music. She changed the face of Latin music, which has grown into a thriving multi-national business.”

Názuri was the first Brazilian song to win the Latin Grammy for best Latin Pop Album and was also one of the best-selling albums of all time in Brazil.

In January she released the critically acclaimed Dos Um Blanco da Maculada (About 3,000 Year Old House), which concerned her daughters’ odd childhood.

Images have emerged of Ms Mendonça outside a hospital following the crash. She is survived by two daughters, 16 and 14.

A family friend said Ms Mendonça’s sister Maria gave up her seat on the aircraft to rescue her youngest daughter. Maria Mendonça was one of 15 people killed in the crash.

Memorials to Marília Mendonça are being held in Brazil, Colombia and in the singer’s native city of Gasteiros, near São Paulo.

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