SAO PAULO, Brazil - One of the most familiar faces in Brazil, that of national TV News anchor Ricardo Boechat is no more.
Boechat has been killed in a helicopter crash on a motorway in Sao Paulo. The pilot of the helicopter also died when the aircraft struck a lorry on a ring road in the city.
The tragedy occurred on Monday aftern oon in Sao Paulo at around 12:15pm local time.
The driver of the lorry was treated by paramedics before before taken to hospital.
Boechat, 66, was an award-winning journalist whose work was aired on national radio and television.
"Ricardo Boechat gained prominence by making extremely critical and ironic remarks about politicians, while using colloquial language and good humour - a rare stance in an environment still marked by formalities and a deference to the authorities," BBC Brasil's Joao Fellet said Tuesday.
"After working for some of Brazil's main newspapers and winning several awards, he found his calling as a TV and radio presenter, where he won a large audience. He was cherished by his colleagues, having twice been voted Brazil's most admired journalist in surveys among the country's reporters."
"In 2015, he engaged in a fierce debate with the powerful evangelical pastor, Silas Malafaia, one of the most influential religious leaders in the country and an ally of President Jair Bolsonaro," Fellet said.
"Boechat was also known for his tough stance on the Workers' Party (PT), after corruption scandals erupted in the governments of presidents Luiz Incio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff."
"Boechat started working as a journalist in the 1970s, beginning his career as a reporter in Rio de Janeiro for the newspaper Diario de Noticias," the BBC Brasil correspondent said.
"Throughout his accomplished career he wrote for a number of well-known Brazilian newspapers, before joining Band as an anchor."