Singer, 28, dies in helicopter crash en-route to girlfriend's party

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Latin pop star Gabriel Diniz has tragically died in a helicopter crash in Brazil. Photo: Instagram/umanjokarol_

Latin pop star Gabriel Diniz has died in a helicopter crash along with two pilots, on the way to his girlfriend's birthday party.

“It is with great pain that we can confirm the death of Gabriel Diniz and the plane’s crew,” a member of Gabriel’s management told US Weekly.

Gabriel, who was just 28, was onboard when the aircraft crashed in the town of Porto do Mato, Estância in Brazil.

It’s reported that Gabriel, who was best known for his hit song, Paraquedas, was on route to his girlfriend, Karoline Calheiros' birthday party.

According to a Brazilian news site, three bodies were removed from the wreckage and are believed to be that of Gabriel and two pilots, Linaldo Xavier and Abraão Faria.

Shortly before boarding the flight, Gabriel took to the stage in Feira de Santana, northwest of Salvador and posted an Instagram message to all his fans.

“Always a joy to return to Feira de Santana and be greeted with such joy and with so much positive energy,” he said in a caption which has been translated into English.

“Thank you for the kindness. A real crowd enjoying our show. Until next time God willing.”

Gabriel had 4.6 million Instagram followers and 2.1 million subscribers to his YouTube account. He had already recently released a new single, called Jenifer.

Streams of tributes have been pouring in on social media, with Gabriel’s friend, Liverpool soccer player Roberto Firmino, writing a heartbreaking ode to the star, who sang at his wedding to Larissa Pereira.

“There are things that are hard to believe,” he said.

“The message of love and joy that you left here on earth was incredible. Glad to have met you. Rest in peace.”

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