Samba icon died last Thursday, 27, after a week interned at Inca, in Rio de Janeiro
The body of the singer and songwriter Nelson Sergeant, who died at the age of 96 as a result of complications caused by Covid-19, will be cremated this Friday, 28, at Rio de Janeiro. There will be no wake because of the pandemic. The cremation ceremony will be reserved for close friends and relatives. Since the death of Nelson Sargento, Rio de Janeiro has been in mourning. There are many tributes that come from artists, admirers and entities linked to Brazilian popular music. The City Hall also promises to pay a great tribute to the bulwark, an icon of national samba.
Nelson Sargento composed more than 400 songs, many of them for the samba school of the heart: a First Hose Station. Nelson Mattos, known as Nelson Sergeant, was interned in the National Cancer Institute (Inca) since the last 20 days and has already been in a very fragile state of health, dehydration and anorexia. At Inca, he tested positive for Covid-19 and the picture worsened day after day. Since Saturday, 22, the singer and songwriter was in the ICU. He even took two doses of the vaccine against Covid-19, but still got the disease. Nelson Sergeant has been an Inca patient since 2005, when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He is another Brazilian and another great artist who loses the war to Covid-19.
* With information from reporter Rodrigo Viga