Written by Staff Writer at CNN
Marília Mendonça, an acclaimed jazz singer and musician who hit the charts in Brazil with her popular ballad “Una Cara de Tu Pais,” died in a plane crash Thursday in northwestern Brazil, according to local media.
The plane carrying Mendonça and 21 other people crashed while attempting to land in the town of Urca, near the town of Recife, northeast of Sao Paulo, local media reported.
Brazilian radio station PioQuímica and the Brazilian Labor News Agency (ABT) are reporting that Mendonça died in the crash.
“We’re very sad and surprised to hear this news … The Marília Mendonça family has requested privacy,” PioQuímica reported in a statement.
A memorial service for the musician was held in the community of Roca América de São Lourenço, in Pernambuco state, several local media reported.
Recife Mayor Gustavo Santos also confirmed Mendonça’s death on Twitter.
A member of the Fortinho Grande Jazz Orchestra and the São João Jazz Duo, Mendonça co-wrote and sang several popular songs including “Una Cara de Tu Pais,” “Llorar pela México” and “La Vida e la Hipocresia” (Life and Life); the latter was a hit in 2003.
PioQuímica and ABT reported that Mendonça played lead in the likes of Blanco Verde, Estelle Brazil and duets with star Brazilian singer Lena Martin.
A former radio DJ in São Paulo, Mendonça began her career in the 1970s as a cellist with the Santa Catarina Brass Band.
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