Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has declared three days official mourning after opposition presidential candidate Eduardo Campos died in a plane crash on Wednesday.
Rousseff has cancelled all election campaign activities during that time.
“A death that took the life of a young, promising politician and this fact saddens all Brazilians,” said Rousseff in a televised address.
Campos, 49, was regarded among the top challengers to Rousseff with support from about 10 percent of voters thanks largely to his popular running mate, former Environment Minister Marina Silva.
It was not immediately clear whether Silva would assume Campos’s spot as the party’s presidential candidate.
There were no survivors of the crash. Officials said six adults and a baby had suffered non-life-threatening injuries on the ground.