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Joao Gilberto, the legendary Brazilian musician and songwriter who was a pioneer of the lilting, melodious music known as bossa nova, has died, his son Joao Marcelo announced Saturday on Facebook.
Joao Gilberto, the legendary Brazilian musician and songwriter who was a pioneer of the lilting, melodious music known as bossa nova, has died, his son Joao Marcelo announced Saturday on Facebook.
Gilberto was 88.
 
Joao Marcelo wrote "My father has passed." He further writes that "his fight was noble, he tried to maintain dignity in light of losing his sovereignty."
 
Gilberto was living alone and reportedly deeply in debt in Rio de Janeiro.