RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, who was making his first run for the presidency, died Wednesday in a plane crash.
A lifelong socialist, Campos was born on Aug. 10, 1965 in Recife, Pernambuco state, into a family with a long political history.
His grandfather Miguel Arraes was a well-known leftist political figure who served three terms as Pernambuco state governor and was exiled for 15 years by the military regime that ruled Brazil from 1964 to 1984.
Arraes, who founded the PSB in 1990, died in 2005, also on Aug. 13. Campos' mother, Ana Arraes, currently serves as a minister in the Federal Accounts Court.
Campos graduated in economics from Pernambuco Federal University (UFPE),and entered politics at a young age. In 1986, he helped his grandfather get reelected to a second term as Pernambuco state governor.
Campos was elected a federal deputy in 1994, and reelected in 1998 and 2002. In 2004, he was appointed science and technology minister by then President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. In 2006, he was elected governor of Pernambuco state and was reelected in 2010 with 83 percent of the vote.
Since 2005, Campos presided over the PSB, a party that formed part of the left-leaning coalition that backed both Da Silva and current President Dilma Rousseff's administrations until 2013, when it broke with the other parties to field its own presidential candidate, Campos, in the upcoming Oct. 5 elections.
Polls indicated Campos lacked the support base needed to compete against Rousseff, who is running for reelection, and her closest rival Aecio Neves, of the Social Democratic Party.
On Tuesday evening, Campos did a live interview for a local TV news program in Rio de Janeiro, and spent the night in the city.
On Wednesday morning, he boarded a private jet to Santos, Sao Paulo state, where he was expected to participate in several campaign events. The plane crashed just before landing, killing all seven occupants: two pilots, Campos and two of his aides, a photographer and a cameraman.
Campos and his wife, Renata Campos, have five children: Maria Eduarda, Joao, Pedro, Jose and Miguel.