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Brazilian actor dies after drowning on sets of television show

Montagner played the leading role in Velho Chico, a soap opera named after the Sao Francisco river where he died. Photograph: (Facebook)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 16, 2016, 01.26 PM (IST)
One of Brazil’s famous television actors, Domingos Montagner, died after drowning in a river where the crew was recording scenes for a television show.

Montagner, 54, played the lead in ‘Velho Chico’, a TV show named after the Sao Francisco river in the north-eastern state of Sergipe.

The actor had gone for a swim in this river with an actress after shooting when he was dragged away by the river's strong currents, the actress informed.

Camila Pitanga cried for help but locals failed to act since they believed that it was a part of shooting.

Montagner played a farmer in the show and was often shown fighting off local gunmen. One scene also showed him drowning in the same Sao Francisco river, reappearing weeks later.

The river, according to locals, is a dangerous place to shoot at given its record of at least one person, on an average, drowning every year in the town since 2005, reports said.

Rescue teams found Montagner's body underwater four hours after the incident, some 300 metres (984 ft) away from where he had drowned.

Montagner, born in Sao Paulo, worked in the circus before becoming a television actor in 2008. This was his 12th role on TV.

He is survived by his wife, actress Luciana Lima, and three children.

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