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Tens of Thousands Mourn Brazilian Country Music Singer

Two people hug each other as  fans wait in line for access to the wake of Brazilian singer Marilia Mendonca, in front of the Ginasio Arena in the city of Goiania, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. One of Brazil's most popular singers and a Latin Grammy winner, Mendonca died on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in an airplane crash on her way to a concert in the southeastern Brazilian of state Minas Gerais. Mendonça was 26 and performed country music in Brazil called sertanejo. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Two people hug each other as fans wait in line for access to the wake of Brazilian singer Marilia Mendonca, in front of the Ginasio Arena in the city of Goiania, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. One of Brazil's most popular singers and a Latin Grammy winner, Mendonca died on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in an airplane crash on her way to a concert in the southeastern Brazilian of state Minas Gerais. Mendonça was 26 and performed country music in Brazil called sertanejo. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Goiania, Brazil (AP) -- Struck with grief, tens of thousands of fans gathered Saturday to pay tribute to Marília Mendonça, one of Brazil's most popular singers who was killed a day earlier in an airplane crash at age 26.

The Latin Grammy winner and four other passengers, including her producer and uncle, perished Friday when their plane crashed while flying from Mendonça's hometown of Goiania in Goias state to Caratinga, a small city in Minas Gerais state north of Rio de Janeiro.