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Who was Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto and what was her cause of death?

Astrud Gilberto, Legendary Brazilian singer, songwriter and entertainer has died at the age of 83.

Astrud Gilberto was best known for the smash hit The Girl From Ipanema.

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Astrud Gilberto passed away aged 83

Who was Astrud Gilberto?

Born on March 9, 1940, in Salvador, Brazil, Astrud Gilberto was a talented singer.

Her track The Girl From Ipanema became a global sensation in the mid-1960s, selling more than 5million copies across the globe.

Astrud earned a Grammy nomination for the hit and the song won a Grammy for Song of the Year.

Tragically, the song earned her only $120 in session fees, and she was objectified by the press, according to her sons.

Her son João 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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Jazz singer Astrud Gilberto poses for a portrait at Birdland on the day they recorded Stan Getz’s live album “Getz Au Go Go” on August 19,1964 in New York, New York.
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 Astrud Gilberto death

Astrud Gilberto’s death on June 5, 2023 was confirmed by her son João Marcelo.

Astrud Gilberto cause of death

The singer’s cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

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

She 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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Stan Getz (left) and Astrud Gilberto are the Go Go set in a scene from the 1964 film “Get Yourself a College Girl.”
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Astrud Gilberto husband and children

Astrud married fellow musician João Gilberto in the 60s, but they later divorced.

During their marriage, the collaborated on her hit The Girl From Ipanema.

Whilst together they had a son called João Marcelo.

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