Autopsy photos of Marília Mendonça leaked today. The singer’s press office spoke out about the leak of data from the Legal Medical Institute (IML) report, including photos of the artist, who died in November 2021 in a serious plane crash.
Marília Mendonça, a popular Brazilian pop singer who was known as “the queen of suffering” for her soulful, angst-filled ballads, was killed on Friday in a small plane crash in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. She was 26.
The singer’s press office confirmed Ms. Mendonça’s death and said her producer, Henrique Ribeiro; her uncle who was also her assistant, Abicieli Silveira Dias Filho; and the pilot and co-pilot of the plane were also killed.
The plane had been headed from the city of Goiania to Caratinga, where Ms. Mendonça was to have performed in a concert on Friday night. There was no immediate word on the circumstances leading up to the crash. The authorities said they were investigating.
Ms. Mendonça was iconic in a type of Brazilian country music called sertanejo, a popular genre in Brazil.
Her legions of fans found power in her song lyrics, which implored women to reject bad and abusive relationships, and told the stories of flawed characters. She won the 2019 Latin Grammy for best sertanejo album for “Em Todos Os Cantos.”
Ms. Mendonça was a social media sensation, with 7.8 million followers on Twitter, 22 million on YouTube and more than 38 million on Instagram.
Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, said on Twitter, “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, said on Twitter: “I just found out. I can’t believe it.”
Some in Brazil’s cosmopolitan circles had scorned Ms. Mendonça’s country ballads as “‘brega,’ or corny music,” NPR reported in 2019.
“Sentimental or not, her songs offer a woman’s perspective that hasn’t 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,” NPR said.
Ms. 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 12 years old and got her start in sertanejo by writing songs for other artists.
Ms. Mendonça, who is survived by a 2-year-old son, 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).
On Saturday, Ms. Mendonça’s remains were flown to her home state, where about 100,000 mourning fans were expected to gather at her wake, which was being held in a sporting arena in Goiânia, the state capital of Goiás.