Gal Costa, legendary Brazilian singer, has died at the age of 77


Brazilian singer Gal Costa, one of the most influential artists of Brazil’s Tropicalia movement in the 1960s, died on Wednesday. She was 77 years old.

Her death was confirmed by her media team to CNN affiliate CNN Brasil. Gal Costa’s official Instagram account also posted a brief statement Wednesday morning along with a black and white photo of the singer.

“It is with great reluctance and a broken heart that we announce the death of singer Gal Costa on Wednesday morning, November 9, in São Paulo. Details of her wake and funeral will be released at a later date. We appreciate everyone’s caring thoughts during this very difficult time.”

The cause of death was not confirmed by her reporters, according to CNN Brasil. The singer had been recovering from rhinoplasty for the past three weeks, according to a press release, CNN Brasil reported.

Costa was scheduled to perform at the Primavera Sound festival in Sao Paulo last weekend but was cancelled, CNN Brasil reported.

News of her death prompted an outpouring of condolences online. “Gal Costa was one of the best singers in the world and one of our main artists who brought the name and sound of Brazil to the whole planet,” wrote Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, president-elect of Brazil, on Twitter.

“Her talent, technique and audacity enriched and improved our culture and influenced the lives of millions of Brazilians.”

Lula also shared a photo of him hugging Costa and smiling.

Born in the city of Salvador in the state of Bahia on September 26, 1945, Costa is considered one of the most prominent voices in the Tropicalia movement in Brazil, along with singers Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil. The soprano has had a great influence among younger singers and in 2011 received the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Costa’s death drew an outpouring of grief and condolences to the family from the music world, including longtime collaborator and friend Gil, who said he was “deeply saddened and affected” by Costa’s death on his official Twitter account. He also referred to her as “his sister”.

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