Brazilian ‘Queen of Rock’ Rita Lee dies aged 75 due to lung cancer

Brazil’s “Queen of Rock”, Rita Lee has passed away, according to an announcement from her family. She was 75.

She was a founding member of Os Mutantes, one of the most important rock bands in Brazil, and her career spanned more than 50 years.

Her collaboration with the band Tutti Frutti on the album Fruto Proibido (Forbidden Fruit) is regarded as a Brazilian music classic.

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She won seven Latin Grammy awards in the span of her career, most recently a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022.

According to a statement, Rita Lee passed away at her home in So Paulo “surrounded by the love of her entire family” after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2021.

In her birthplace of So Paulo, her family announced that the singer-songwriter’s fans will be able to pay their respects at a public wake on Wednesday at the planetarium.

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