A top soap star has died in a shock drowning.One of Brazil’s best loved TV actors, Domingos Montagner, has drowned in a river where the crew had been recording scenes for the country’s most popular soap opera.
Montagner played the leading role in Velho Chico, a soap opera named after the Sao Francisco river where he died. The 54 year old had gone for a swim with an actress after a day of shooting in the north-eastern state of Sergipe.
The actress, Camila Pitanga, cried for help but local people failed to act initially as they believed the drowning was a scene in the soap opera. She then said he was dragged away by the river’s strong currents.
Authorities said there was little that anyone could have done. Investigations are continuing