Portuguese singer Linda de Suza dies aged 74


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Popular singer of Portuguese origin Linda de Suza, known for her titles in French and in her native language, died on Wednesday at the age of 74.

The popular singer of Portuguese origin Linda de Suza died on Wednesday December 28 at the hospital in Gisors (Normandy) where she had been demonstrated “for respiratory failure and positive for Covid 19”, announced her agent to AFP.

“His son Joäo Lança and I have the pain to inform you of the death this morning at 10:10 a.m.” of Linda de Suza, writes Fabien Lecoeuvre.

Very popular in France in the 1980s, she was moved by the story of her clandestine crossing of the French border with only a “cardboard suitcase”, an experience she described in the book “La Valise de carton” released in 1984 and sold 2 million copies.

Queen of variety, Linda de Suza, whose real name is Teolinda Joaquina de Sousa Lança, was born on February 22, 1948 in Beringel, in the south of Portugal. She had to flee “a tyrannical family” in the very conservative Portugal of Salazar, where single mothers like her were not tolerated.

Between French variety and Portuguese bluettes, she will sell, mainly in France, millions of records throughout her career.

She filled the Olympia for two series of concerts in 1983 and 1984, subsequently chaining broadcasts to promote her autobiography, sometimes alongside her son Joao Carlos, nicknamed “Jeannot”.

His last appearances on stage date from 2015 to 2017 with the Age Tendre tour.

Released in 2015, “My 40 Golden Songs” by Linda de Suza was reissued in November in box set by Marianne Mélodie, a label dedicated to the heritage of French-speaking song.

With AFP

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