The death of Brazilian pop singer Marília Mendonça, known as “the queen of suffering,” in a plane crash in November 2021 shocked fans and music lovers around the world. The singer’s press office confirmed her de*th and that her producer, uncle, and the pilot and co-pilot of the plane also died. The tragic incident occurred in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais while the singer was on her way to perform in a concert in Caratinga.
Marília Mendonça was a rising star in the Brazilian music industry, particularly in a genre called sertanejo, which was popular in Brazil. Her songs were deeply relatable to her fans, focusing on the themes of love, relationships, and heartbreak. Her lyrics encouraged women to reject bad and abusive relationships, and her soulful, angst-filled ballads told the stories of flawed characters.
Mendonça was born on July 22, 1995, in Cristianópolis, a small town in the Brazilian state of Goiás, in the heartland of sertanejo. She began composing music when she was just 12 years old and gained her start in the sertanejo music scene by writing songs for other artists. She quickly emerged as an icon of the music genre in 2016, with hits like “Infiel” (Unfaithful) and “Eu sei de cor” (I Know It by Heart).
Her music was not only popular in Brazil but had gained her worldwide recognition. She won the 2019 Latin Grammy for best sertanejo album for “Em Todos Os Cantos.” Mendonça was also a social media sensation, with 7.8 million followers on Twitter, 22 million on YouTube, and more than 38 million on Instagram. Her fans appreciated her music as well as her candid and authentic persona, which made her one of the most beloved public figures in Brazil.
The news of her de*th sparked an outpouring of grief from fans and fellow musicians, with many taking to social media to express their sadness and disbelief. Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, tweeted, “The whole country receives in shock the news of the death of the young country singer Marília Mendonça, one of the greatest artists of her generation, whom, with her unique voice, charisma and music won the affection and admiration of all of us.”
Anitta, a funk singer popular in Brazil, also expressed her shock and disbelief at Mendonça’s de*th on Twitter, writing, “I just found out. I can’t believe it.”
While some in Brazil’s cosmopolitan circles may have dismissed Mendonça’s country ballads as “‘brega,’ or corny music,” her fans saw her music as powerful and inspiring. Her songs offered a woman’s perspective that had not been heard much in sertanejo’s machismo culture, and it’s made Mendonça the leading voice of a new subgenre called ‘feminejo’ — music by and for women.
Marília Mendonça’s tragic de*th not only impacted the music industry but also her family, who were left to mourn her loss. She is survived by a 2-year-old son. Mendonça’s remains were flown to her home state, where about 100,000 mourning fans were expected to gather at her wake, which was held in a sporting arena in Goiânia, the state capital of Goiás.
The leak of autopsy photos from Marília Mendonça’s Legal Medical Institute (IML) report further saddened her fans and family. The singer’s press office spoke out about the leak, expressing disappointment and requesting privacy during this difficult time. Mendonça’s music will
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