Brazilian jazz icon PAULO MOURA has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 77.
The clarinet player and saxophonist passed away on Monday night (12Jul10) at the Sao Vincente clinic in Rio de Janeiro, where he was being treated for lymphoma.
Moura began his career with the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra and he went on to work with famed bossa nova star Sergio Mendes in the 1960s.
He broke boundaries throughout his lengthy career and became the first Brazilian instrumentalist to win the Latin Grammy for Best Brazilian Roots Album in 2000.
He also served a two-year term in 1997 as a Councillor of the Federal Council of Music on the State Council of Culture in Rio de Janeiro.