Soccer player Diego Costa, 25, died on Sunday, according to the Brazilian federation.
Costa died after he was hit by a car, according a statement by the soccer federation.
He was on his way to a match with Ecuador when the accident happened in São Paulo state, the statement said.
Costa had been in Brazil for a two-week visit, it said.
The club he was with in Brazil, Atlético Mineiro, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Costa’s father, Roberto Costa, was on vacation with his family in Brazil.
Costa was a left-footed striker with the Brazilian national team.
His agent, Joao Carlos Rodrigues, said Costa was not a soccer expert and did not speak Portuguese.
Costa played at Atlétio Mineiro from 2006 to 2010.
The team said Costa left the team in 2013.
Costa, who was born in Sao Paulo state and raised in Rio de Janeiro, was named to the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2013 after playing in all 10 of his national team appearances.
Costa joined Brazil in 2015 and made his first appearance for the senior national team in a friendly against Croatia.
Costa has won three World Cup gold medals, three Champions League titles and three Copa Libertadores titles.
He had not played for Brazil since August 2013 after breaking his leg.
Costa represented Ecuador at the 2010 World Cup and was named the country’s player of the year in 2010.
Costa also played for Ecuador in 2014 and was voted the best player of his country in a poll of top players.
Costa scored a goal in Brazil’s 3-0 victory over Italy in the semifinals of the 2014 Copa Sudamericana.
He scored in a 4-1 victory over Paraguay in the final in Brazil in the 2014 Confederations Cup.
Costa said in March that he would never return to his native Brazil because he did not want to return to the area where he grew up.
He said he did that because he wanted to become a father.