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Rio de Janeiro - Brazilian singer Loalwa Braz, who became famous for the 1989 global hit "Lambada," was found dead Thursday in a burned car outside Rio de Janeiro, civil police told dpa.

The 63-year-old Braz's charred body was found near her home in Saquarema, in the northern state of Rio.

Police are investigating what they called a "crime," and Brazil's Globo News reported that the discovery of the body followed an attempted robbery and fire at the singer's home.

Braz sang lead vocals for Kaoma, the Franco-Brazilian group behind the multi-platinum "Lambada," as well as the follow-up single "Dancando Lambada."