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Beloved Brazilian singer Djidja Cardoso has died aged 32 from a suspected overdose


Her death is thought to have been caused by the horse tranquilliser ketamine

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The folk musician - famed for performing with the band Boi Garantido - was found dead on Tuesday (28.05.24) by her shocked family.

Her death is thought to have been caused by the horse tranquilliser ketamine, The Sun has reported.

A family friend confirmed the news of her death and said Djidja's loved ones family had attempted to reach her on the phone for several hours before finding her body.

They are understood to have discovered her unresponsive in bed at around 6am at her house in Manaus, northwestern Brazil.

Officials are reportedly conducting an autopsy as her cause of death is not yet confirmed, with The Sun reporting cops suspect a ketamine overdose.

Djidja was mainly active in the music business between 2016 and 2020, and after stepping out of the spotlight opened her successful BelleFemme beauty salon in the Amazon region.

Her family announced her death on the official Instagram page of the salon.

Djidja shot to fame after her show at the Parintins Folk Festival, a three-day cultural celebration native to the area in Brazil, and became known as the 'Little Girl of Boi Garantido'.

She had 65,000 followers on social media and regularly shared posts about the festivals she performed at with fans, as well as snaps of her working out and handling snakes.

On Tuesday (28.05.24) an announcement on Djidja's salon page said all its units would be closing due to "reasons of force majeure".

She said at the time she stepped away from music she did so with "tears in my eyes".

Djidja was also renowned for her role on TV show 'A Bordo - O Reality'.

As yet, there are no details about her funeral arrangements.