Latin pop star Gabriel Diniz has died in a plane crash at the age of 28.
According to local media, Diniz had jetted off from Sergipe, Brazil to celebrate his girlfriend Karoline Calheiros's birthday when the plane went down on Monday afternoon.
Diniz was killed in the crash along with two other people.
The singer had made three studio albums and was nationally known for his hit song 'Jenifer' which topped the charts and has reached over 235 million YouTube views.
Confirming the tragic news, Diniz's management team said in a statement: “It is with a lot of pain that we confirm the death of Gabriel Diniz and the plane’s crew.”
Diniz was a close friend of Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino, who paid tribute following the shock news.
Firmino shared a message of condolence on his Instagram page alongside a video of Diniz singing at his wedding in 2017.
The Reds' forward wrote: "There are things that are hard to believe, the sheet doesn't fall.
"The message of love and joy you left here on earth was amazing. Thankful I could have met you rest in peace."
Firmino's wife, Larissa, also shared a touching tribute, writing: "Earlier today I searched for a photo to post and gave up only I wouldn't imagine later this photo was left for me to post."
Larissa continued: "He participated in the happiest day of my life, he was there giving the best of you, everyone knows that of my words he was praised the most.
"You know that energy that infects, that light that comes from inside? There are few words to try to explain."
Brazilian footballer Lucas Levia also shared: "What a tragedy man!! May God have him. Rest in peace!!!"
Diniz’s producer said: "Luan Promotions, family members, fans, friends and team are all very upset with this sad news that caught everyone by surprise. With great regret we confirmed the death of Gabriel Diniz.
"The singer was in a twin engine that fell in the south of Sergipe state in the beginning of this afternoon.
"Your joy will be forever in our hearts! We will never let you lose your irreverence, you have conquered a nation with your work and charisma!"
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