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Soap opera star Jefferson Machado was found dead as a result of strangulation in Brazil. He was 44 years old.
Machado’s body was discovered buried in a trunk and covered in concrete.
The Machado family lawyer, Jairo Magalhães, said, “It is with regret that I share the sad news of the passing of actor Jeff Machado, whose body was found with strangulation signs.”
Actor Jefferson Machado found dead inside trunk buried at Rio de Janeiro home. pic.twitter.com/YhrKzLPqwj
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“This discovery confronts us with the cruelty present in our society, motivating us to seek truth and justice in the face of such impactful cases,” he added.
“Preliminary information indicates that the actor’s body was found in a trunk, buried in a hole of considerable depth. This situation deeply saddens us and indignant in the face of the suffering faced by Jeff,” he added.
Actor Jefferson Machado was discovered dead inside a trunk buried at his Rio de Janeiro residence. #DramaAlert
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“Commitment as a lawyer is to seek tirelessly for truth and justice,” Magalhães said, explaining that his “responsibility to ensure that everyone involved in this brutal crime is held accountable and punished, and that Jeff’s family finds the support they need to get through this very painful time.”
The family's attorney Jairo Magalhae Pereira said that he is committed to "seek tirelessly for truth and justice" for Jefferson Machado's death and to ensure that those who did this crime will be "held accountable and punished."
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While speaking to R7, Magalhães further elaborated on the state of Machado’s body. Regarding what he described as “strangulation signs” found on Machado’s body, Magalhães said Machado had a “line” on his neck.
The lawyer added, “He had his arms tied behind his head and buried in a trunk that is very similar to the ones in his own house.”
Magalhães also told R7 that the home where Machado’s body was found was being rented by his friend, with the outlet noting that the unidentified friend is being investigated by authorities.
Machado — who starred on the Brazilian telenovela, “Reis,” — was reported missing on January 27, according to R7. The outlet said his family and friends called authorities after learning he left his eight dogs alone, which was out of character due to his love of animals.