The mayor of the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, Bruno Covas, died this Sunday at the age of 41 of digestive cancer, which was diagnosed in 2019 and metastasized to the liver and bones.
The body of Covas, hospitalized at Sirio Libanés Hospital on May 2, was taken hours later to the mayor’s office, where he was veiled in a ceremony with family and friends, according to the Brazilian newspaper ‘O Globo ‘reported.
Later, the funeral, also restricted to the family, took place in the Paquetá cemetery in Santos, where his grandfather Mario Covas, who was also governor of Sao Paulo and died of cancer in 2001, was buried.
The Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB), Covas’ party, has highlighted through its report on the social network Twitter that the political party is “losing one of its most promising and brilliant leaders”. “After fighting valiantly, he left us young on the 16th, but with a nice story of someone who built and taught a lot,” he added.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has conveyed his “solidarity” to the Covas family and friends who have died “after a long battle with cancer”. “May God comfort everyone’s heart,” he said on Twitter.
Former President Michel Temer mourned the “very sad news of the death of Bruno Covas”. “So young, so sociable, so ideal. Part of our hope goes with him. Rest in peace,” emphasized Temer on his Twitter account.
Covas was a MP before he was elected deputy mayor of Sao Paulo in 2016. He then rose to the post of mayor after Joao Doria resigned in April 2018. He then won re-election in the November 2020 elections.