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Brazil presidential candidate Eduardo Campos confirmed killed in jet crash

Published on Aug 14, 2014 1:15 AM

BRASILIA (AFP) - Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, a contender to unseat President Dilma Rousseff in October elections, died Wednesday when his campaign jet crashed in the city of Santos, killing all seven people aboard.

Campos, a 49-year-old socialist who had been running third in the polls, was flying to Sao Paulo to record a TV segment when his Cessna 560XL slammed into a gymnasium and several houses, breaking into pieces and igniting a large fire.

Rousseff declared a state of national mourning and suspended her campaign for three days.

“All of Brazil is in mourning. We lost a great Brazilian today, Eduardo Campos. We lost a great comrade,” the President said in a statement.

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