Popular Portuguese-born singer Linda de Souza died on Wednesday at Chisours Hospital in Normandy, where she had been transferred for “respiratory distress and positive for COVID-19”, her agent informed AFP.
Fabian Lecouvre wrote in a press release that Linda de Souza’s son Joao Lanza and I “are saddened to inform you of the death of her son Joao Lanza today at 10:10 a.m.”
According to the same source, he was shifted to Kizores Hospital “early this morning, with respiratory distress and positive for Covid-19”.
Most famous in France in the 1980s, she moved with her son secretly crossing the French border and carrying only a “cardboard suitcase” as luggage, which she described in her book “La Valais Cardboard”. 1984 and sold 2 million copies.
The Queen of Variety, Linda de Souza, whose real name is Theolinda Joaquina de Souza Lanza, was born on February 22, 1948, in Peringal, in the south of Portugal.
She had to flee “a tyrannical family” in Salazar, a very conservative Portugal, where single mothers like her were not tolerated.
Between the French genre and Portuguese lutes, he would sell millions of records throughout his career, mainly in France.
She filled the Olympia for two series of concerts in 1983 and 1984, and later joined the broadcasts to promote her autobiography, sometimes nicknamed “Jeanette” with her son João Carlos.
He last appeared on stage from 2015 to 2017 with the Age Tender Tour.
Released in 2015, Linda de Souza’s “My 40 Golden Songs” was reissued in November on a box set by Marianne Melody, a label dedicated to the heritage of French-speaking song.
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