Brazilian bossa nova singer Astrud Gilberto has died at the age of 83. © Georg Göbel/dpa
Singer Astrud Gilberto has died. The Brazilian was 83 years old. Her most famous song "The Girl from Ipanema" will not be forgotten.
Munich – The music world mourns the loss of Brazilian bossa nova singer Astrud Gilberto. "She died in the house she loved and where she painted her paintings. It's a house full of works of art by hers, a thousand paintings. She died the way she wanted her to. At that point, she left us in peace," her daughter-in-law, Adriana Magalhães, told TV Globo on Tuesday.
Astrud Gilberto lived in Philadelphia (USA) and was 83 years old. The family has already announced the cause of death. She succumbed to a heart condition. Her body is to be cremated in the United States.
Her world hit will always be remembered: "Bossa Nova Queen" Gilberto died
With Astrud Gilberto, another superstar of the music scene is leaving us. It was only on May 24 that Tina Turner died "after a long illness", at the beginning of May the news came of the death of the Brazilian rock singer Rita Lee, in February the music legend Burt Bacharach passed away and in January the world mourned the death of the top guitarist Jeff Beck.
Now the music world has to endure another heavy loss. With her husband, the Brazilian music legend João Gilberto, she made bossa nova known all over the world. The "New Wave" of Brazilian music was a modern mixture of samba and jazz. Astrud Gilberto sang the song "The Girl from Ipanema" in English, which was later interpreted by numerous artists, including Frank Sinatra.
"Rest in peace, my eternal muse," João Gilberto's daughter wrote on Instagram with his second wife, Bebel Gilberto. "May you sing with the birds and the angels, beautiful Astrud." Her granddaughter Sofia Gilberto wrote on Facebook: "My grandma has become a star today and is next to my grandpa João Gilberto."
Singer Astrud Gilberto: The song "The Girl from Ipanema" made her world famous
Astrud Evangelina Weinert was born in Salvador da Bahia in the north of the country in 1940 as the daughter of a German immigrant and a Brazilian mother. As a child, she moved with her family to Rio de Janeiro. In 1959 she married João Gilberto and soon appeared alongside her husband and together with artists such as Nara Leão, Johnny Alf and Elza Soares. In 1963, she sang "The Girl from Ipanema" in a studio in New York. Shortly thereafter, her marriage to João Gilberto ended in divorce.
In the decades that followed, Astrud Gilberto made a name for herself as a musician, gave concerts worldwide and was often referred to as the "bossa nova queen". Only in Brazil was it never properly appreciated. (mke me dpa material)