Gabriel Diniz, a popular Latin pop star, died on Monday when he was a passenger on board a plane that crashed en route to his girlfriend’s birthday party.
He was 28 years old.
“It is with great pain that we can confirm the death of Gabriel Diniz and the plane’s crew,” Diniz’s management team said in a statement that confirmed the artist’s passing.
According to various local news reports, Diniz and two pilots died when their small plane crashed in the town of Porto do Mato, Estância, on the southern coast of Sergipe, Brazil.
Officials from the local fire department responded to the scene and the cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Many more details will likely emerge in the near future — but w eknow Diniz was on his way to celebrate the birthday of girlfriend Karoline Calheiros.
Here is an Instagram photo of the couple:
Diniz, probably best known for the track “Jennifer,” had just performed in Feira de Santana, located northwest of Salvador.
On May 26, Gabriel shared photos from his performance, sharing a message with his fans at the same time.
“Always a joy to return to Feira de Santana and be greeted with such joy and with so much positive energy thank you for the kindness guys,” reads his post, translated to English.
“A real crowd enjoying our show,” this message concluded. “Until next time God willing.”
Diniz had more than two million subscribers on YouTube and 4.5 million followers on Instagram.
He struck it big at first with his 2016 song “Paraquedas.”
Gabriel’s friend, soccer player Roberto Firmino, took to Instagram to pay tribute to his late pal.
“There are things that are hard to believe, the chip does not fal. The message of love and joy that you left here on earth was incredible. Glad to have met you. Rest in peace.”
Diniz performed at the athlete’s 2017 wedding to Larissa Pereira — and she also paid tribute to the singer in the hours after his death, sharing a picture of thim at the event and writing:
He participated in the happiest day of my life, he was there doing his best.
Pereira ended her post with a message for the late star’s girlfriend, Calheiros.
It reads as follows:
I really do not know what to tell you, I wanted to be here just wishing you Happy birthday, but I also say that I’m praying a lot for you.
Asking God to comfort your heart and understanding you to understand that His plans are sometimes not ours, but what matters is that one day we will all find ourselves in a much better place.
We send our condolences to the friends, family members and loved ones of Gabriel Diniz.
May he rest in peace.