Joao Gilberto emerged from seclusion a few days before his death and had dinner at a restaurant on Rio’s Copacabana beach.
The musician who gave the world the bossa nova and is remembered for his haunting version of “The Girl from Ipanema” died Saturday at age 88 after a life of international stardom but also having family, financial and health difficulties.
He made a final public appearance at a restaurant in Leme on Tuesday, at one end of the Copacabana beach, with his partner Maria do Ceu Harris and his lawyer, Gustavo Carvalho Miranda, who posted photos of the event.
On his way home, he reminisced about glorious dinners past, in New York after performing at Carnegie Hall, in Italy and in Rio after another show, his lawyer told O Globo.
For the artist — financially ruined, sick and living in a borrowed house in Rio — his end, like many of the songs he made famous, was suffused in sadness.
His last years were marked by a bitter fight that pitted his two eldest children — the musicians Joao Marcelo and Bebel Gilberto — against Gilberto’s last ex-wife, Claudia Faissol, a journalist and mother of his adolescent daughter.