Rising Pop Star With 235m-Views Dies In Plane Crash

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCEN

Video Credit: CEN

This rising pop star whose last ever hit clocked 235 million YouTube views has died in a plane crash on the way to celebrate his beautiful girlfriend’s birthday.

According to local media, this video footage shows him in the aeroplane that crashed and it is the last message he posted to his army of fans online.

Gabriel Diniz, 28, released three studio albums during his short career and his single ‘Jenifer’, about a relationship that began on dating app ‘Tinder’, has been among the most played songs of the year.

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With over 235 million YouTube views, the song became a huge summer anthem in his native Brazil.

Ironically, the song started out as a joke between friends and developed into a huge hit for the rising singer.

However, the 28-year-old star died in a plane crash on 27th May after taking off from the city of Salvador in the eastern Brazilian state of Bahia.

Diniz and two pilots were halfway to their destination in Maceio in the north-eastern state of Alagoas when the plane crashed for as yet unknown reasons.

His management team said: “It is with a lot of paint hat we confirm the death of Gabriel Diniz and the plane’s crew.”

According to local media, the singer had just completed his last concert in the state and was travelling home to celebrate the birthday of his girlfriend Karoline Calheiros.

During a recent interview about his hit ‘Jenifer’, Diniz said: “Nobody thought it was going to have such huge success, neither my manager nor my colleagues.”

The investigation into the plane crash is ongoing.

Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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