Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, 49, was killed when the private jet he was travelling in came down as a result of bad weather.
Eduardo Campos, a prominent presidential candidate ahead of Brazil’s October 5th vote, has died on Wednesday following the crash of the private jet he was travelling in. The aircraft, which crashed as a result of bad weather, came down in a residential area of the port city of Santos, in the São Paulo state.
Campos, 49, was currently running in 3rd according to the polls. He ran a business-friendly platform and, although a victory for him in the voting was unlikely, he did have 10% of the country’s votes. As well as the current support Campos was seen as a promising, young political star for Brazil and his death could change the path of the vote significantly.
Current Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff called three days of national mourning and cancelled all campaign events. She described her rival Campos as a “great political leader”.
“The whole of Brazil is in mourning,” Ms Rousseff said in a statement to the press, “”The whole of Brazil is in mourning,” Ms Rousseff said in a statement.”