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Former Internacional striker Fernandão dies in helicopter crash

Jun 7, 2014, 7:43 AM EST

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News out of Brazil this morning leaves us with some sad news, as reports have surfaced that 36-year-old Fernandão died in a helicopter crash last night in Aruanã, a province in central Brazil.

According to Aruanã Fire officials, the cause of the accident has yet to be determined.  There were four other people in the helicopter, and all were found dead.

The fire sergeant said the former player was making a routine trip in the helicopter of a business associate, something he did about every week.

Fernandão appeared 100 times for Brazilian club Internacional between 2004 and 2008, scoring 42 goals and leading the club to its first-ever Copa Libertadores in 2006 and captained them to a Club World Cup victory later that year.

The striker also played three seasons for Marseille in the French Ligue 1, scoring just six goals in 61 appearances before coming home to the Brazilian league. During his career, he also spent time with Brazilian clubs Goiás and São Paulo, as well as a short loan spell with Toulouse during his Ligue 1 days and a year with Qatari club Al-Gharafa.

Once he retired, he managed Internacional for a short time in 2012, but with no prior managerial experience he didn’t have the same success as he did in his playing days, lasting just four months in charge.

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