Brazilian presidential candidate and renewable energy advocate Eduardo Campos died Wednesday when a small plane carrying Campos and six others crashed in the city of Santos, about 35 minutes south of São Paulo.
Aviation experts told the Associated Press that the plane was attempting to land in poor weather.
At the time of his death, Campos was third in opinion polls, trailing incumbent President Dilma Rousseff and fellow candidate Aécio Neves.
Campos had become well known for his stance on renewable energy, urging the country to expand its renewable market in an effort to boost the economy.
As governor of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, Campos oversaw the country’s first solar-only tender auction earlier this year, which resulted in the approval of 123MW of PV projects in the state. Bidders from Brazil, China, Germany, Italy and Spain all took part in the event.
“It is vital that we make this kind of investment, which can consolidate a cluster of solar energy here. This auction points to an investment policy that values solar energy and renewable energy in the country, helping the sustainable development of Brazil,” Campos said.
Campos, 49, was married and the father of five children.