Brazilian music producer Almir Chediak has been murdered near Rio de Janeiro, police have said.

Chediak, who was also a musician and owned a publishing house was kidnapped by mystery gunmen on Sunday night and then shot dead in front of his girlfriend.

The two men are still on the loose after they fled the scene, leaving Chediak's girlfriend unharmed.

Chediak was the country's leading producer, he was 52.

27/05/2003 02:11