Brazilian musician João Gilberto dies aged 88

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‘Father of bossa nova’ died on Saturday afternoon in his house in Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian musician João Gilberto, 88, died on Saturday afternoon in his house in Rio de Janeiro, relatives confirmed through messages in social media.

On his Facebook account, his son Marcelo Gilberto said “his fight was noble and he tried to maintain dignity”. His daughter-in-law wrote: “Deep sadness. All he wanted was to be with us and to play with his granddaughter.”

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