By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Legendary modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer, who designed many of the most prominent government buildings in Brasília and the UN Headquarters in New York City – has died in a Rio hospital just days before marking his 105th birthday, from complications after being hospitalized for a respiratory infection in November. President Dilma Rousseff has extended her deepest sympathies to Niemeyer’s family.

Brazilian news outlets have reported that Niemeyer’s body will be flown to Brasília on Thursday morning to lie in state in the Presidential Palace, the Planalto, in . . .

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