Marília Mendonça, a singer and founder of the Brazilian band Vanessa Casas, was killed on Sunday after their plane crashed into a mountainside in São Paulo, Brazil, in front of thousands of adoring fans.
According to reports, the plane, operated by the Brazilian airline GEO and carrying four people, caught fire on impact before crashing. At a news conference on Monday, São Paulo Air Force officials said that they believed the crash, which killed everybody on board, was the result of fire and that there was no visible evidence of explosions on the plane.
Mendonça was born in the small town of Barreira do Flamengo in Pernambuco state, southeast of São Paulo. She moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1994 with her parents, younger brother and sister, and formed Vanessa Casas in 1999, covering several songs from several Brazilian artists.
After releasing five albums and sharing the stage with the likes of Rita Moreno, the Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin and R&B singer Dinah Jane, Mendonça earned two Latin Grammys for Best Tropical Latin Recording and Best Contemporary Tropical Album.
She was married to Marcello Álvarez, a Brazilian writer and singer, and together they had a daughter, Almirã De Coubelin.
Some of her best-known songs include the Enrique Iglesias duet “Los Ángeles” and “Que Viva la Rumba” with Wilmore Zandra.
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