Celebrities Who Died in 2022

Brazilian singer and samba icon Soares died at age 91.

A statement shared to her official Instagram page on Jan. 20, signed by members of her family, her manager, and her team, announced the loss.

“It is with great sadness and regret that we report the death of singer and composer Elza Soares, aged 91, at 15:45 at her home in Rio de Janeiro, of natural causes,” the statement began.

“Icon of Brazilian music, considered one of the greatest artists in the world, the singer elected as the Voice of the Millennium had a triumphant, intense life, that moved the world with her voice, her strength and her determination.”

In 1960, she garnered a record deal, kicking off her iconic singer career, going on to have hits like “Se Acaso Você Chegasse” and “Cadeira Vazia.”

Soares briefly stepped away from music in the 2010s before making her return with A Mulher do Fim do Mundo in 2015, an album that earned her a Latin Grammy for Best Musica Popular Brasileira Album. The project notably addressed violence against the LGBTQ community, police brutality, and those living oppressed in Brazil.

Her later albums, Deus é Mulher and Planeta Fome, released in 2018 and 2019 respectively, also received Grammy nods.

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