Influential Brazilian musician João Gilberto has died aged 88.
The singer and composer was known best as a pioneer of the bossa nova genre, which found international popularity in the 1960s.
Reports say Gilberto died at home in Rio de Janeiro after a period of illness. His son confirmed the news of his death in a Saturday Facebook post.
“His fight was noble, he tried to maintain dignity,” Marcelo Gilberto said.
Born in the north-east state of Bahia in 1931, Gilberto began singing aged 18.[…]
João Gilberto, a musician I loved & giant of Brazilian bossa nova music, died today. His collaboration with American saxophonist Stan Getz & the amazing voice of Astrud Gilberto on “Getz/Gilberto” is an album you can’t stop listening to on a summer night.https://t.co/UgACW9fviS
— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) July 6, 2019