Rita Lee dead at 75: Singer and Brazil's 'queen of rock' mourned internationally | The Sun

ICONIC Brazilian singer Rita Lee, regarded as the Queen of Rock, died at age 75.

Lee died at her home in Sao Paul on Monday evening, according to a statement on her Instagram account.

The post said the singer died surrounded by her family and loved ones "as she always wanted."

"In this moment of deep sadness, the family appreciates everyone's affection and love," the post read.

Rita's son, Joao, mourned her death on Instagram, saying his mother "became a star in the sky."

"What an intense and spectacular life you had. Admired and loved by so many people. So ahead of its time," Joao wrote, sharing an affectionate video of himself as a child being carried and kissed by his mother.

"The admiration I have for you is infinite. Was always. What an honor and privilege to be your son," a heartbroken Joao wrote.

"What an honor and privilege to have been educated by you. Receive your values. I've never met a person like you. Your strength, your courage, your sense of justice, your genius, your sensitivity, your good humor and so many wonderful things.

"If I bring just a little bit of the joy and fun that you bring to the world, I'm already happy and fulfilled.

"You rock. You are, yes, the queen of all this s**t. The world has lost one of the most unique and amazing people to ever live.

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"I lost my mother. But you are eternal. Your legacy, your history and your art will live on forever. This is my lifelong mission. As long as I am alive and full of grace, you will continue to make a lot of people happy."

Lee began her career in music in 1966 with the formation of the band Os Mutantes with Arnaldo Baptista and Sergio Dias.

The band became influential in embedding Brazilian rock with the Tropicália movement.

Her flamboyant costumes and radiant performances helped pave the way to be called the "Queen of Rock" on the music scene.

The band's album Forbidden Fruit sold 200,000 copies and included the hits Now Only Missing You and Ovelha Negra.

She was among the first artists in Brazil to popularize feminist themes in her music in songs like Mania de Voce, Amor e Sexo and Lanca Perfume.

As a singer and songwriter, she was praised for her versatility, playing at least five instruments: drums, guitar, piano, harmonica and autoharp.

Her popularity beyond Brazil exploded throughout the 1980s as she began performing in European countries, including Portugal, England, Spain, France and Germany.

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Later in life, she became a vegan and animal rights activist.

She is survived by her three children and her husband, musician Roberto do Carvalho, with whom she shared a 44-year musical partnership.

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