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Astrud Gilberto dead at 83, Cause of Death

BY Sharmeen Hussain Jun 06, 2023. 04:40 pm UPDATED: Jun 06, 2023. 04:40 pm

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Astrud Gilberto, a singer best known for the worldwide popular song The Girl From Ipanema, has passed away at the age of 83.

Her son Marcelo confirmed the tragic news, although the singer’s reason of passing has not yet been made public.

The song by Astrud became a worldwide hit, selling more than 5 million copies.

She was nominated for a Grammy for the song, which also took home the award for Song of the Year.

Sadly, the song only netted her $120 in session costs, and, according to her sons, she was objectified in the media.

Her son Marcelo told The Independent: “She believed in people and was trusting. They took advantage of her good nature, trust and desire to make music.”

“Brazil turned its back on her,” said Marcelo. “She achieved fame abroad at a time when this was considered treasonous by the press.”

Astrud is widely recognised for taking the bossa nova music style worldwide.

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Her granddaughter, also a musician, posted a touching tribute on Instagram.

Sofia said: “I’m here to bring you the sad news that my grandmother became a star today, and is next to my grandfather João Gilberto.

“Astrud was the true girl who took bossa nova from Ipanema to the world.

“She was a pioneer and the best. At the age of 22, she gave voice to the English version of ‘Girl from Ipanema’ and gained international fame.

“The song, a bossa nova anthem, became the second most played in the world mainly because of her. I love and will love Astrud forever and she was the face and voice of bossa nova in most parts of the planet.

“Astrud will forever be in our hearts, and right now we have to celebrate Astrud.”

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