Carlos do Carmo, Portugese legend, dies on New Year’s Day
Carlos do Carmo, the popular Portuguese singer, has passed away on Friday.
He died at the age of 81 and was known as the “Sinatra” of the soulful fado music.
Carlos do Carmo was the first Portuguese artist to receive a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
He died at Lisbon’s Santa Maria hospital after suffering an aortic aneurysm.
“One of his greatest contributions to Portuguese culture was the way he renewed fado and prepared it for the future,” Prime Minister Antonio Costa wrote on Twitter.
“He was the voice of Portugal,” President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said on broadcaster TVI.
Do Carmo performed at biggest stages including London’s Royal Albert Hall and New York’s Town Hall.
The legend supervised a film about fado, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007.