Tributes pour in for Jô Soares as Brazilian comedian dies aged 84

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Jô Soares, a well-known musician and comedian, died on August 5 at the age of 84. His ex-wife Flavia Pedra broke the news by writing on social media:

Jô Soares, a television icon from Brazil, has died at the age of 84. In the years leading up to the 2016 coup, he treated Dilma Rousseff with respect on his late-night talk show. As a result, he became the victim of a smear campaign and was excluded from the Globo TV channel. He was a mainstay of conservative mainstream television for decades.

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Since July 28, 2022, Jô Soares has been treated for pneumonia at the Sirio Libanes Hospital in Sao Paulo. However, the exact cause of death is still unknown.

Family members have not revealed how long Soares has had the disease or if he has had other health problems before.

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A brief look at the life and career of Jô Soares

Soares, a popular comedian, talk show host, novelist, and musician, was born on January 16, 1938. He was fluent in Portuguese, English, French, Italian and Spanish.

He initially wanted to be a diplomat in his great-grandfather’s footsteps, but eventually returned to Brazil to take acting classes. He completed his education in the 1950s at a Swiss boarding school.

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In 1954 Soares made his acting debut in musical films and in 1958 he began his television career. He has acted in films such as O Homem do Sputnik and Vai Que e Mole.

He later landed roles in three other comedy programs including Face Humor, Nao Faca Guerra, Satiricom and Planeta dos Homens before being cast in the popular TV series A Familia Trapo in 1967.

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The 1976 film O Pai do Povo had Jô as the lead actor, producer and director. He played a variety of characters in Viva o Gordo after joining Globo TV in 1970. He later joined SBT and hosted the talk show Jo Onze e Meia, in addition to creating another program, Veja o Gordo.

After returning to Globo TV, Soares founded the show Programa do Jo. He has published several novels including Assassinato na Academia Brasileira de Letras, O Homem que Matou Getulio Vargas and Xango de Baker Street.

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Netizens pay tribute on Twitter

Jô Soares has recently become a household name in entertainment through his numerous appearances in films and television shows. As news of his death broke, Twitter was deluged with tributes:

He had three marriages and a son, Raphael, who died in 2014.

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