Former Brazil striker Fernandao dies in air crash

Rio De Janeiro: Former Brazil striker Fernandao has died in a helicopter crash in Brazil.

The 36-year-old and four friends were killed Saturday when the aircraft crashed in Aruana, about 500 km northwest of the capital Brasilia, Xinhua reported.

Fernandao`s career included spells with French Ligue 1 clubs Marseille and Toulouse. But it was his time with Porto Alegre`s Internacional most remembered by Brazilians.

The 190 cm forward scored 42 goals from 100 appearances for the club and helped them win the 2006 Copa Libertadores, South America`s premier club competition.

Brazil striker Fred was among those to pay tribute to Fernandao, with whom he played for Brazil against Guatemala in 2005.

"This is a sad day for all Brazilians," Fred posted on Twitter, alongside a photo of his late former teammate.

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