Life imitates art as TV soap opera star drowns while swimming in river

One of Brazil’s best-loved TV stars has drowned in a river where he had been recording scenes for a popular soap opera. Domingos Montagner got into difficulties as he swam with co-star Camila Pintanga at the end of the day’s filming of Velho Chico. The 54-year-old was said to have been dragged away by strong currents in the Sao Francisco river in the north-eastern state of Sergipe. She called for help but her cries were ignored as onlookers thought they were filming a scene for the programme. Several hours later, his body was found 300m away by rescue teams.

They thought they had chosen a safe spot to swim, but that is one of the most dangerous areas in the town of Caninde and usually avoided by locals

Local police chief

Montagner, who was born in Sao Paulo, began his career in the circus before moving into television. He has three children with wife of 14 years Luciana Lima. In one storyline of the soap opera, Montagner was shot and appeared to drown in the Sao Francisco river but reappeared weeks later. His death has sparked an outpouring of grief in Brazil, where soap operas dominate the TV schedules. “I can’t get the death of Domingos Montagner out of my head. An entire soap opera dedicated to a river that, in the end, takes (the life of) its main character,” said one Twitter user. Another commented: “Paul Walker and Domingos Montagner are the definition of the sentence: life imitates art.”

Life is full of surprises,One moment you’re happy&enjoying your time and jst within a second,a blink of an eye u’re gone

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