Mother weeps over open coffin of Brazilian pop star daughter, 26, killed in private jet crash as THOUSANDS line up at stadium to pay their respects

  • A mass group of mourners waited on a huge line that stretched outside Ginasio Arena in Goiania, Brazil on Saturday in an attempt to pay their final respects to late Brazilian country music superstar Marília Mendonça
  • 26-year-old Mendonça died along four others after her private jet went down near a waterfall in southeastern Brazil on Friday on her way to Minas Gerais city of Caratinga, where she was meant to perform at a concert
  • Devastating images from the public wake show Mendonça’s mother looking over her daughters coffin covered in silk white ruching as black-clad mourners surround her with heartbroken expressions
  • Fans started lining up at dawn outside the 15,000-capacity arena where large floral arrangements were arriving in a steady stream for the wake where its predicted a total of 100,000 people will attend
  •  Heartbroken fans were captured comforting each other as they deal with the sudden loss of the singer who was a leading figure in a burgeoning sub-genre known as ‘feminejo,’ or ‘sertanejo’ music by women

A heartbreaking photo shows a mom sobbing over the open coffin of her Brazilian pop star daughter after she died in a private jet crashed aged just 26. 

Ruth Moreira Dias was held by family members as she leaned into Marília Mendonça’s casket, a day after the singer and four others were killed when their plane crashed close to a waterfall in southeastern Brazil. 

Thousands of fans lined up outside a soccer stadium waiting to pay their respects to the popular singer.

A mass group of mourners waited on a huge line that stretched outside Ginasio Arena in Goiania, Brazil on Saturday to see Mendonça, who died along with four others after her private jet went down near a waterfall in southeastern Brazil on Friday. 

Huge crowds of fans flocked to a stadium where a massive public wake was to be held.  

Devastating images show Mendonça’s mother looking over her daughters open coffin, which was covered in silk white ruching as black-clad mourners surround her with heartbroken expressions.  

Devastating images show Mendonça’s mother Ruth Moreira Dias looking over her daughters coffin covered in silk white ruching as black-clad mourners surround her with heartbroken expressions

Huge crowds of fans flocked to a stadium where a massive public wake was to be held at the Ginasio Arena in Goiania on Saturday

Fans started lining up at dawn outside the 15,000-capacity arena where large floral arrangements were arriving in a steady stream

Some 100,000 people were expected to attend the public wake Goias state Governor Ronaldo Caiado said 

Heartbroken fans were captured comforting each other as they deal with the sudden, devastating loss of the 26-year-old singer

A sea of mourners overlook Mendonça’s casket during her wake at the Arena Goiania sports centre, in Goiania

Fans started lining up at dawn outside the 15,000-capacity arena where large floral arrangements were arriving in a steady stream, AFP reported.

Some 100,000 people were expected to attend, Goias state Governor Ronaldo Caiado said. 

The public wake is being held before the star and an uncle who worked with her, who was also killed in the crash, will be laid to rest later in a small private ceremony for close friends and family at a local cemetery.

Heartbroken fans were captured comforting each other as they deal with the sudden, devastating loss of the 26-year-old singer whose plane went down on her way to Minas Gerais city of Caratinga, where she was meant to perform at a concert. 

Inside the plane was the star, her producer Henrique Ribeiro and her uncle adviser Abicieli Silveira Dias, as well as the two pilots, the names of which have not been released.  

Marília Mendonça, who was killed in a plane crash near a waterfall in southeastern Brazil, pictured performing in Sao Paolo just five days ago

Minas Gerais Military Firefighters Corps shows the airplane plane that crashed that was transporting Brazilian singer Marília Mendonça on Friday

Minas Gerais Military Firefighters Corps shows the airplane that crashed that was transporting Brazilian singer Marilia Mendonca, in the Brazilian of state Minas Gerais, Friday

A convoy with the body of Brazilian singer Marilia Mendonca is seen before her wake at Arena Goiania sports centre, in Goiania, state of Goias, Brazil

Her fans came from far and away for a chance to say a final goodbye to the star, including Davi Dyeimes Linares who travelled 80 miles to be first in line for the wake. 

‘We came to say goodbye to our great Marília Mendonça and thank her for spending these years of her life singing for us and making our hearts soar,’ he told news site G1.  

Mendonça uploaded a video to her Twitter and Instagram accounts just an hour before the crash, showing her pulling her suitcase and carrying her guitar as she walked to board her flight.

The twin-engine plane shattered against the rocks near a picturesque waterfall outside the city of Caratinga, where the artist had been scheduled to perform.

Mendonça was known for breaking into a country music scene long dominated by men and machismo.

She was a leading figure in a burgeoning sub-genre known as ‘feminejo,’ or ‘sertanejo’ music by women.

Nicknamed the ‘Queen of Suffering,’ she was known for ballads of heartbreak and long-suffering lovers, but also for singing of empowerment and the need for women to ‘overcome’, which was also the title of one of her most famous songs.

She had 22 million subscribers on YouTube, 39 million followers on Instagram and more than eight million monthly listeners on Spotify.

Her death drew heartfelt tributes from figures ranging from Brazilian music legend Caetano Veloso to football superstar Neymar to President Jair Bolsonaro, who said the country was ‘in shock.’

‘She was one of the greatest artists of her generation,’ he wrote on Twitter. 

Screen grab of a video posted by Brazilian country music singer Marília Mendonça an hour before she and four other people were killed in a plane crash Friday

Brazilian country music singer Marília Mendonça uploaded a video to her social media networks that showed her carrying her guitar and suitcase to the private jet she was flying on an hour before the fatal crash Friday afternoon

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