The singer Agnaldo Timóteo did not resist the complications resulting from Covid-19 and died this Saturday (3) in Rio. He was 84 years old.
The singer started his career in the 1960s and established himself with romantic songs. In politics, he held mandates as a federal deputy and councilor in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Agnaldo had been hospitalized since March 17 at the ICU of Hospital Casa São Bernardo, in the West Zone of Rio. Doctors believe that the 84-year-old artist contracted the coronavirus in the interval between the first and the second dose of the vaccine.
On the 27th, Agnaldo needed to be intubated to “be treated more safely” against the disease.
“It is with immense regret that we communicate the DEATH of our dear and beloved Agnaldo Timóteo. Agnaldo Timóteo did not resist the complications resulting from COVID-19 and died today at 10:45 am. We are convinced that Timóteo did his best to win this battle and won it! Agnaldo Timóteo will live forever in our hearts! The family thanks all the support and professionalism of the Casa São Bernardo Hospital Network in this battle “, said the family, in a note.
Agnaldo Timóteo Pereira, better known as Agnaldo Timóteo, was born in Caratinga, in the interior of Minas Gerais, on October 16, 1936.
Passionate about music from an early age, he performed in traveling circuses that arrived in the city.
Timóteo started singing in freshman programs on radio stations in Caratinga, Governador Valadares and Belo Horizonte. He reconciled the presentations with the work of a mechanic. In Minas, he performed songs by Cauby Peixoto and became known as “Cauby mineiro”.
In the 1960s, he moved to Rio de Janeiro looking for opportunities in music and started working as a driver for the singer Ângela Maria.
Timóteo recorded his first album after being nominated by the singer in 1961, but it took time to burst.
The projection came after participating in the Jair de Taumaturgo program on TV Rio, when he won all the program’s awards and was hired by the EMI-Odeon label.
With the LP “Surge um Astro”, he hit the hit “Mamãe” (version of “La Mamma”, by Charles Aznavour) and started to participate in the program “Jovem Guarda”. The beginning of his career was all focused on versions of international hits.
With the album “Obrigado Querida”, released in 1967, he reached the first place in the country’s record labels and his first big hit was “Meu grito”, a song by Roberto Carlos.
From then on, he consolidated his position as a romantic singer and launched other hits such as “Ave-Maria”, “Verdes campos” and “A Galeria do Amor”. Agnaldo Timóteo recorded more than 50 albums, alternating between romantic and brega.
Timóteo started his work as a politician in 1982, when he was elected federal deputy in Rio de Janeiro by the PDT.
During his tenure, he fought with Leonel Binrizola and moved to the extinct PDS.
He ran for the state government in 1986, but was defeated by Moreira Franco.
He was re-elected as a federal deputy in 1994, and resigned two years later to take over as city councilor in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
In 2005, he took over as a councilor in São Paulo for the Progressive Party, and was re-elected in 2008.