Nelson Sargento, icon of samba in Brazil, dies victim of Covid-19 at age 96

The former main composer of Mangueira, one of the most traditional samba schools, had been fully immunized against covid since the end of February when he received his second dose.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The singer and composer Nelson Sargento, one of the main icons of samba and Brazilian popular music, died Thursday at the age of 96 in a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, a victim of Covid-19, confirmed sources close to the artist.

The author of hits such as 'Primavera', 'Agoniza mas nao morre' and 'Cântico à natureza' was diagnosed with the coronavirus last Friday after being hospitalized in the capital of Rio de Janeiro.

The former main composer of Mangueira, one of the most traditional samba schools, had been fully immunized against Covid since the end . . .

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