Brazilian singer Gal Costa, one of the most influential artists of Brazil’s Tropicalia movement of the 1960s, died on Wednesday. He was 77 years old.
His death was confirmed by his press team at the CNN affiliate CNN Brasil. Gal Costa’s official Instagram account also posted a short statement Wednesday morning along with a black-and-white photo of the singer.
“It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we report the death of singer Gal Costa this Wednesday morning, November 9, in São Paulo. Details about her wake and funeral will be shared later. Thoughts appreciated love from everyone during this very difficult time.”
The cause of death was not confirmed by his press team, according to CNN Brasil. The singer had been recovering from a nasal surgical procedure for the past three weeks, according to a press release, CNN Brasil reported.
Costa was scheduled to perform at Sao Paulo’s Primavera Sound festival last weekend, but canceled, CNN Brasil reported.
News of his death prompted an outpouring of condolences online. “Gal Costa he was one of the greatest singers in the world and one of our leading artists who brought the name and sounds of Brazil to the entire planet,” Brazil’s president-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva wrote on Twitter.
“His talent, technique and audacity enriched and renewed our culture and had an impact on the lives of millions of Brazilians.”
Lula also shared a photo of him hugging Costa and smiling.
Costa was born in the city of Salvador, in the state of Bahia, on September 26, 1945, and is considered one of the most distinctive voices of the Tropicalia movement in Brazil, alongside singers Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil. The soprano has been a huge influence among younger singers and in 2011 she was awarded a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Costa’s death prompted an outpouring of grief and condolences for the family from the music world, including long-time collaborator and friend Gil, who said he was “very sad and affected” by the death of Costa on his official Twitter account. He also referred to her as his “sister”.