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Ricardo Boechat has been described as "journalist of a journalist"

Ricardo Boechat, one of Brazil's best-known journalists, was killed in a helicopter crash in São Paulo.

The aircraft carrying the 66-year-old press anchor hit a truck on a ring road on Monday morning. It is also believed that the pilot is dead.

Tributes were paid to Boechat, who was an award-winning radio and television broadcaster with Bandeirantes, or Band.

Breaking the live information on television, a colleague said that it was "at a very sad time for Brazilian journalism".

Boechat had finished recording the popular morning radio show Café Jornal com a few hours before the incident.

He was traveling from Campinas, near São Paulo, when the helicopter descended on the highway at 12:14 pm local time (1414 GMT).

The driver of the truck was rescued by paramedics.

In writing on social media, his fellow journalists described Boechat as "a journalist journalist," praising his realistic approach and his "punchy" reporting.

Others said his death was not just a loss for Band, but for Brazilian journalism.

The band's radio network also tweeted the news, saying the staff was "deeply saddened".

A darling colleague

By João Fellet from BBC Brasil

Ricardo Boechat gained prominence by making extremely critical and ironic remarks about politicians, while using familiar language and good humor – a rare position in an environment still marked by formalities and deference to politicians. authorities.

After working for some of the major Brazilian newspapers and winning several awards, he found his vocation as a presenter on television and radio, where he conquered a wide audience. He was cherished by his colleagues, having been twice voted the most admired Brazilian journalist in polls with journalists in the country.

In 2015, he engaged in a lively debate with the powerful evangelical pastor Silas Malafaia, one of the country's most influential religious leaders and an ally of President Jair Bolsonaro.

Boechat was also known for his tough position with the Workers Party (PT), after corruption scandals erupted in the governments of presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff.

Boechat began working as a journalist in the 1970s, starting his career as a journalist in Rio de Janeiro for Diario de Noticias.

Throughout his career, he has written for several reputable Brazilian newspapers before joining Band as an anchor.