Jan 202017
 

Brazilian singer Loalwa Braz Vieira, known for the global smash hit Lambada, was found dead in a burned-out vehicle on Thursday in Saquerema, near Rio de Janeiro, said police sources cited by BBC.

Loalwa Braz Vieira

Loalwa Braz Vieira (capture: Youtube)

“Yes, I can confirm the tragedy,” a local police officer said without giving further details on the death.

A team of firefighters were called at 3:50 local time to extinguish a fire that broke out in the attic of an inn owned by the singer. The same team intervened at 06:00 a.m. to put out the flames that consumed a Honda Civic. The charred body of the artist was found inside the vehicle.

The authorities have started a probe into the case. The body of the singer was taken to the Forensic Institute for investigation.

Meanwhile police have apprehended three men thought to have committed a robbery at Braz property prior to her death, according to the Brazilian news outlets.

Loalwa Braz, 63, lived in Saquarema, where she managed the inn Azur.

She was born in Rio de Janeiro in a family of musicians. Her father was the leader of an orchestra of traditional Brazilian music and her mother a pianist.

Loalwa Braz was the singer of Kaoma, a French-Brazilian pop group established in 1985 and famous for various music hits like „Chorando Se Foi (Lambada)”, „Dançando Lambada” şi „Lambamor”.

In total, Kaoma has sold over 25 million copies of their albums worldwide.

VIDEO: Kaoma – Lambada, 1989 Brazilian music hit