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The final goodbye. The people who we said goodbye to in 2023

The news you don't want to write. There were several, and there are always too many. From Culture to Science, there were many names to whom we paid a last tribute. Let's remember their names


Jan 6 - Sidney Poitier, American actor and director. The first black actor to receive an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in the film "Lilies of the Field" (1963) and the first black artist to receive an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement, in 2002. At the age of 94

Jan 6 - Peter Bogdanovich, American actor and director. In 2018 he was distinguished by the Venice Film Festival with the documentary "The Great Buster" and, in 1999, at the III Cascais Biennial, he was honored and also awarded by the President of the Republic at the time, Mário Soares, with the Commendation of the Order of Infante D. Henrique. At the age of 82

Jan 8 - Michael Lang, American music impresario, one of the creators of the historic Woodstock music festival, in 1969. At the age of 77

Jan 14 - César Batalha, composer conductor, organist and teacher, founder of the Santo Amaro de Oeiras Choir and author of the Oeiras city anthem. At the age of 76

Jan 14 - Armando Gama, singer, orchestrator and producer, winner of the Festival RTP da Canção with "Esta Balada que te Dou",in 1983. Aged 67

Jan 20 - Elza Soares, Brazilian singer and songwriter. In 2016, with the album "A mulher do fim do mundo", she received several awards, including the Latin Grammy and the Brazilian Music Award. At 91

Jan 20 - Meat Loaf, stage name of Marvin Lee Aday, American singer and actor. At 74 years old

Feb 2 - Monica Vitti, artistic name of Maria Luisa Ceciarelli, Italian actress, 'muse' of Michelangelo Antonioni. She received, among others, the Golden Lion for her career at the Venice Film Festival. At the age of 90

Feb 3 - Lauro António, film critic, programmer, essayist and director, author of the book "Cinema and Censorship in Portugal". In 2018, he received the Fantasporto Career Award, was distinguished by the Portuguese Film Academy with a Sophia career award and decorated by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, with the degree of Commander of the Order of Infante D. Henrique. At 79

Feb 9 - Betty Davis, American model, singer and composer of funk music, fused soul, jazz and R&B rhythms. She was married to Miles Davis. At the age of 77

Feb 9 - Ian McDonald, British musician, co-founder of the rock band King Crimson and the group Foreigner. Aged 75

Mar 13 - William Hurt, American actor, winner of an Oscar for best lead actor with 'The Kiss of the Spider Woman'(1985). At the age of 71

14 mar - Jorge Silva Melo, director, writer, director, actor and translator, co-founder of Teatro da Cornucópia, in 1973, with Luís Miguel Cintra, and founder of Artistas Unidos, in 1995. In 2021 he received the medal of cultural merit, and in 2020, the D. Diniz Prize from Casa de Mateus, for his memoir "A mesa está posta". At the age of 73

20 mar - Gastão Cruz, poet, in 1975 was one of the founders of the group Teatro Hoje, later fixed at Teatro da Graça. In 2018, he was awarded the Medal of Cultural Merit by the Portuguese Government, Correntes d'Escritas/Casino da Póvoa Literary Prize, in 2009, for "A Moeda do Tempo". In 2013, the Inês de Castro Foundation honored the poet by awarding him the Consecration Tribute Prize. At the age of 80

Apr 3 - Lygia Fagundes Telles, Brazilian writer, won the Camões Prize in 2005. She was president of the Brazilian Cinematheque. At the age of 98

Apr 5 - António Reis, actor director, set designer, co-founder of Seiva Trupe and of the International Iberian Expression Theater Festival. In 1988, he received the Medal of Cultural Merit from the Oporto City Hall, in 1995 the Commendation of the Order of the Infant and, in 1995, the Lorca Prize, from the University of Granada in Spain. At the age of 77

Apr 15 - Eunice Muñoz, actress. In 2022, she was decorated by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, with the Grand Cross of the Military Order of Sant'Iago da Espada, about three years after having received the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit. At the age of 93

May 19 - Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou, known as Vangelis, Greek composer, author of the soundtracks for films such as "Blade Runner - Imminent Danger" and "Moments of Glory," which earned him an Oscar for Best Soundtrack. At 79 years old

May 26 - Andrew Fletcher, British musician, keyboardist and co-founder of the alternative rock band Depeche Mode. Aged 60

May 26 - Alan White, British musician, drummer with the progressive rock band Yes. Ages 72

May 26 - Ray Liotta, American actor, starred in Martin Scorsese's 1990 film Goodfellas. At the age of 67

Jun 4 - Alec John Such, American musician, bassist and founding member of the rock group Bon Jovi. Aged 70

Jun 8 - Paula Rego, plastic artist. She was the first woman to appear in the gallery of official painters of the Presidency of the Republic when, in 2005, she was chosen by the then President of the Republic Jorge Sampaio to paint his official portrait. She was awarded, among others, the Turner Prize, in 1989, and the Grande Premio Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, in 2013, and distinguished, in Portugal, with the Grã-Cruz da Ordem Militar de Sant'Iago da Espada, in 2004 and, in the United Kingdom, with the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, in 2010, who awarded her the title of Dame, for her contribution to the arts. In 2019, she received the Medal of Cultural Merit from the Government of Portugal. At the age of 87

Jul 6 - James Caan, American actor, known for the role of Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather" saga. Aged 82

Aug 5 - Ana Luísa Amaral, writer, poet and translator, scholar of Emily Dickinson's work and international reference in the field of Feminist Studies. She has received multiple distinctions throughout her career, among which are the Spanish award Leteo, from the Direction of Action and Cultural Promotion of Leon, the Queen Sofia Prize for Ibero-American Poetry, awarded by the National Heritage of Spain and the University of Salamanca, the Correntes d'Escritas Literary Prize, the Letterario Poetry Prize Giuseppe Acerbi and the Grand Prize for Poetry of the Portuguese Writers Association. At the age of 66

Aug 5 - José Eugénio Soares, full name Jô Soares, Brazilian comedian and writer, author of programs such as "Faça Humor Não Faça Guerra", "O Xangô de Baker Street", "Viva o Gordo" and "O Programa do Jô". At the age of 84

Aug 8 - Olivia Newton-John, British singer and songwriter naturalized Australian. Her name was immortalized in movies alongside John Travolta in the musical "Grease" (1978). She founded the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia in 2008. At the age of 73

Aug 19 - Orlando Costa, actor, became known as "Zé Gato" for his participation in the series "Zé Gato" in 1979. He was part of the founding core of Teatro da Cornucópia, with Luís Miguel Cintra and Jorge Silva Melo, in 1973. At the age of 73

Aug 20 - Claudia Jimenez, Brazilian actress. In 1991 she won the APCA trophy for best comedic actress for her performance as Dona Cacilda, one of the students of "Escolinha do Professor Raimundo", with 'professor' Chico Anysio. At the age of 63

Sep 6 - Just Jaeckin, French filmmaker and photographer, directed the erotic film "Emmanuelle" with Sylvia Kristel, in 1974. At 82 years old

Sep 11 - Javier Marias, Spanish writer, author of novels such as "Heart So White" or "All Souls." Member of the Royal Spanish Academy. Age 70

Sep 13 - Jean-Luc Godard, French-Swiss filmmaker, key figure of the Nouvelle Vague, a movement that revolutionized cinema in the late 1950s and 1960s. In 2010, he received an honorary Oscar, and in 2018, the documentary "The Picture Book" earned him a special Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival at age 91.

Sep 14 - Irene Papas, Greek actress, known internationally for her roles in 'Zorba, the Greek'(1964) and 'The Cannons of Navarone'(1961), collaborated occasionally with Manoel de Oliveira in titles such as "Party" (1996) and "Inquietude" (1998). At the age of 93

Sep 22 - Hilary Mantel, British writer, known for the trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, was the first woman to win the Booker Prize twice, with the first two volumes - "Wolf Hall" and "The Black Book" (which also won the Costa Prize for book of the year in 2012). At 70

Oct 9 - Eileen Ryan, American actress, appeared in such series as "Bonanza," "The Fifth Dimension," "Studio One" and "Goodyear Playhouse." Mother of actors Sean and Christopher Penn and musician Michael Penn. At 94 years of age

Oct 11 - Angela Lansbury, British actress, star of the iconic series "Murder, She Wrote" ("Crime, She Said"). She won five Tony Awards for her performances on Broadway and in 2013 was awarded an honorary Oscar by the Hollywood Academy. At 96

Oct 14 - Robbie Coltrane, Scottish actor, played Rubeus Hagrid in the "Harry Potter" saga films. Winner of three BAFTA awards in the Best Actor category with his performance of forensic psychologist Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald in the drama "Cracker." At the age of 72

Oct 16 - Claudio Biern Boyd, Spanish screenwriter, animator, director and entrepreneur, creator of animated series such as "Dartacão e os três moscãoteiros". At the age of 81

Oct 28 - Jerry Lee Lewis, American musician, known for hits such as "Great Balls of Fire," "Whole Lot of Shakin'" and "Goin' On. Winner of a Grammy for his career, awarded in 2005, he was part of the first group of artists to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. At 87

Nov 3- Bernardo Moreira, 'Binau', as he was known, civil engineer, double bass player, historical figure of jazz as a musician, promoter, trainer and manager of Hot Clube de Portugal. At the age of 90

Nov 3 - Bernardo Moreira, 'Binau', as he was known, civil engineer, double bass player, historical figure of jazz as a musician, promoter, trainer and manager of Hot Clube de Portugal. At the age of 90

Nov 9 - Gal Costa, stage name Maria das Graças Penna Burgos, Brazilian singer, one of the greatest in Brazilian popular music with an unmistakable 'crystal' voice. Her interpretations include songs such as "Meu nome é Gal", "Chuva de prata" and "Modinha para Gabriela" from the soundtrack of the first Brazilian telenovela premiered in Portugal, on RTP, in 1977. Winner of the Latin Grammy in 2011 for her work as a whole. At the age of 77

Nov 9 - Julian Keith Levene, British musician and songwriter, founding member of the Clash and Public Image Ltd. Aged 65

Nov 22 - Erasmo Carlos, Brazilian singer, songwriter, actor, musician, multi-instrumentalist and writer, symbol of the musical and cultural movement that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s in Brazil. Known as Jovem Guarda that mixed national music with rock, author of classics like "Festa de arromba", "Minha Fama de Mau" and "É preciso saber viver", he won the Latin Grammy in the rock or alternative music album category in Portuguese language. At 81

Nov 23- António da Cunha Telles, film director and producer. A key figure in Portuguese Cinema Novo, he produced films such as Paulo Rocha's "Os Verdes Anos" (1963) and Fernando Lopes' "Belarmino" (1964). He founded the distribution company Animatógrafo and, in 2018, was awarded the degree of Grand Officer of the Order of Infante D. Henrique by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. At the age of 87

Nov 23 - José Ruy, cartoonist, artist and comic book author, founded the AmadoraBD festival. At the age of 92

Nov 25 - Maria de Lourdes Resende, singer-songwriter. Among the distinctions she received, the Bordalo Award from Casa da Imprensa in 1962, the insignia of the Order of Merit in 1970, and the degree of commendator of that same order in 2019, awarded by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, stand out. At the age of 95

Nov 26 - Irene Cara, American singer, songwriter and actress. She gave voice to the song "What a Feeling", winner of an Oscar for Best Original Song and two Grammy Awards for Best Original Movie Soundtrack Album, from the movie 'Flashdance'. With her performance as Coco Hernández, in the film "Fame", she won the Best Actress award at the Golden Globes. At 63

Nov 30 - Christine McVie, British singer and songwriter, was part of the band Fleetwood Mac. Aged 79

Dec 5 - Kirstie Alley, American actress. She won an Emmy for her role in the television series "Cheers" and has appeared in films such as "Look Who's Talking". At 71 years old

Dec 12 - Maria Manuel Viana, writer and translator. She is known for publishing novels such as "A Paixão de Ana B.", in 2002, "A Dupla Vida de Mª João", in 2006 , "O Verão de todos os silencios", in 2011, and "Teoria dos limites", released in 2014. At 67 years old

Dec 12 - Angelo Badalamenti, American composer. Known for collaborating with filmmaker David Lynch on "Blue Velvet," "Twin Peaks" and "Mulholland Drive." At the age of 85

Dec 17 - Nélida Piñon, Brazilian writer. Author of more than 20 books, including novels, short stories, children's literature, essays and memoirs, in 1996/97 she became the first woman in 100 years to chair the Brazilian Academy of Letters. At 85 years of age

Dec 19 - Cláudia Isabel, singer known as Claudisabel. With a long career in popular Portuguese light music, she has voiced several musical hits, including "Não Vou Voltar a Chorar". At the age of 40

Dec 20 - Terry Hall, lead singer of The Specials. At the age of 63

Dec 21- Pedro Paulo Rangel, Brazilian actor. He became known in Portugal for his participation in the soap operas "Gabriela", "O Cravo e a Rosa", "Vale Tudo", "Pedra sobre Pedra" and "Belíssima", among other productions. At 74 years of age

Dec. 24 - Maxi Jazz, lead singer of Faithless. Formed in 1995 and consisting of Maxi Jazz, Rollo and Sister Bliss, Faithless were one of the most popular names in 1990s dance music thanks to singles like "Insomnia," "God Is A DJ" and "We Come 1." At 65 years of age


Jan 18 - Lusia Harris, American basketball player, the only woman to be chosen by an NBA team. At 66 years of age (Jan 18)

Jan 25 - Wim Jansen, former Dutch international footballer, was part of the team that became known as the mechanical orange. Aged 75 (Jan 25)

Feb 24 - Silva Resende, lawyer, journalist, former president of the Portuguese Football Federation, between 1983 and 1989. At the age of 95

Apr 8 - Freddy Rincón, former footballer and coach of the Colombian National Team. Aged 55

Jul 31 - Bill Russell, former American basketball player. He was the first black player to achieve superstar status in the NBA with 11 US league titles and the Olympic gold medal in 1956. At 88 years old

Aug 10 - Fernando Chalana, former footballer. He started his training in Barreirense, was 27 times international for Portugal, and wore the jersey of Benfica and Bordeaux. At 63 years of age

26 Nov - Fernando Gomes, 'bibota' as he was known, former footballer, won two Golden Boots and was the best scorer in the history of FC Porto. With the blue jersey he won five championships, three Portuguese Cups, and as many Cândido de Oliveira Supercups. At the age of 66

4 Dec - Patrick Tambay, former French Formula 1 driver. He raced in 114 Grand Prix races, getting 11 podiums and two fastest laps, besides five pole positions. At the age of 73

Dec 24 - Fábio Garrido, former Belenenses and Barreirense player. At the age of 21


Jan 11 - David Sassoli, Italian journalist and politician, president of the European Parliament since 2019. At the age of 65

Feb 6 - Maria Carrilho, sociologist, former leader and deputy, was vice-president of the Assembly of the Republic and MEP for the Socialist Party. She was a specialist in National Defense and European Affairs. At the age of 78

Feb 9 - Jaime Serra, communist leader, deputy to the Constituent Assembly, member of the Central Committee of the Portuguese Communist Party from 1952 to 1996. In June 1962 he helped Agostinho Neto and Vasco Cabral to leave the country. Between 1971 and 1974 he was part of the leadership of Ação Revolucionária Armada. At the age of 101

Feb 28- Fernando Rocha Andrade, lawyer, politician and professor, was the first sub-secretary of State of Internal Administration of the XVII Constitutional Government and Secretary of State of Fiscal Affairs, between November 2015 and 2017. He was 51 years old

Mar 23 - Madeleine Albright, a native of the former Czechoslovakia, the first woman to hold the position of US Secretary of State. In 2012, then-President Barack Obama awarded Albright the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the country. At the age of 85

Jul 8 - José Eduardo dos Santos, was President of Angola for 38 years, having left power in 2017. At 79

Aug 30 - Mikhail Gorbachev, the last head of state of the Soviet Union, former General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (PCUS) from 1985 to 1991. He unleashed a series of changes that resulted in the collapse of the authoritarian Soviet state, the liberation of Eastern European nations from Russian rule, and the end of decades of East-West nuclear confrontation. Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for his role in ending the Cold War. At 91

Sep 8 - Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, Elizabeth II, Queen of England, greatest symbol of the monarchy in the world. At 96 years old

Oct 23 - Adriano Moreira, lawyer, politician and university professor. He was minister of Overseas France during the New State from 1961 to 1963, president of the Centro Democrático e Social (CDS) party between 1986 and 1988, former member of the Council of State, director of the Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP), and vice-president of the Assembly of the Republic during his last parliamentary mandate. He was decorated by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, with the Grand Cross of the Camões Order. At 100 years of age


Feb 15 - Artur Albarran, journalist, television host and businessman. Age 69

Mar 8 - Manuel Ramirez, entrepreneur, great-grandson of the founder of Ramires canned fish. He was president of the National Association of Canned Fish Manufacturers and president of the European Association of Fish Processors. He served as Finland's consul in Portugal. At the age of 80

Mar 18 - Michel da Costa, 'chef' distinguished by the Michelin Guide in the 1970's, was responsible for the 5,040 meter table that, in 1998, registered the inauguration of the Vasco da Gama Bridge in the Guinness Book of Records, with a feijoada that served more than 15 thousand people. At the age of 77

Apr. 8 - Salvador da Cunha Guedes, entrepreneur, former president of Sogrape and founder of the Portuguese Association for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. He was decorated by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, with the degree of Commander of the Order of Merit in 2016. At the age of 64

Apr 8 - Mimi Reinhardt, Holocaust survivor of Austrian and Jewish origin. While secretary to German industrialist Oskar Schindler she wrote the famous list that saved more than 1,000 Jews during World War II. At 107 years of age

Apr 8 - Maria de Jesus Serra Lopes, lawyer, the first woman member of the Bar Association between 1990 and 1992. In 1996 she was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Infante D. Henrique, in 2005 the Grand Cross of the Military Order of Christ and in 2016 the Gold Medal of the Bar Association. At the age of 88

May 12 - João Rendeiro, former banker, founder and director of Banco Privado Português. At the age of 69

May 27- Mário Mesquita, journalist, university professor and politician. Vice-president of the Entidade Reguladora para a Comunicação Social, he was director of Diário de Notícias and Diário de Lisboa. He was a member of the Constituent Assembly between 1975 and 1976. In 1981 he was awarded the rank of Commander of the Order of Infante D. Henrique by the then President of the Republic, General Ramalho Eanes. At the age of 72

Jul 19 - Maria de Lourdes Modesto, woman who made traditional Portuguese cuisine famous on television for 12 consecutive years with the program 'Culinária', wrote several books on Portuguese cuisine in which 'Cozinha Tradicional Portuguesa' stands out. In 2019 she was honored by the Portuguese Writers Association and in 2004 she was decorated with the degree of Commander of the Order of Merit. At the age of 92

Sep 20 - Manuela Gonçalves, fashion designer, one of the pioneers of author fashion in Portugal. In 1991, she was part of the group of 13 designers who presented collections at the 1st edition of ModaLisboa, at Teatro São Luís. At the age of 77

12 Nov - Mehran Karimi Nasseri, Iranian political refugee who lived for over 18 years in a Paris airport terminal was the inspiration for Steven Spielberg's film "The Terminal". At the age of 77

Nov 19 - Mário Matos Ribeiro, co-founder of ModaLisboa and creative director from 1992 to 2010. At the age of 64

Nov 30 - João Semedo Tavares, founder of the Johnson Academy that worked with young people from underprivileged neighborhoods in Greater Lisbon. At the age of 50

Dec 20 - Evaristo Cardoso, 'chef' and founder of Solar dos Presuntos. He was decorated, in February of this year, by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, with the degree of commendation of the order of business and commercial merit, for his entrepreneurial and persistent path, over the years, in the restaurant sector. At the age of 80


Feb 24 - Mário Pais de Oliveira, anti-fascist priest, former parish priest in Macieira da Lixa, Felgueiras, was director of the newspaper 'Fraternizar'. At the age of 84

May 27 - Angelo Sodano, Italian Cardinal, former Secretary of State of the Vatican from 1991 under John Paul II until 2006 under Benedict XVI. On May 13, 2000, at John Paul II's request, he revealed to the world the third part of the Secret of Fatima. At the age of 94

Jun 3 - João Seabra, theologian, canon of the Patriarchal See of Lisbon, director of the Higher Institute of Canon Law, of the Portuguese Catholic University. In 2019 he received from the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the degree of Grand Officer of the Order of Infante D. Henrique. At the age of 72

July 1 - António Vaz Pinto, Jesuit priest, High Commissioner for Migrations and Ethnic Minorities, between 2002 and 2005, was director of Brotéria magazine and was linked to the creation of the Food Bank against hunger. In 2006, he was distinguished by the President of the Republic, Jorge Sampaio, with the Grande Oficial Ordem Infante D. Henrique. At the age of 80

Nov 4 - Bishop Daniel Batalha Henriques, auxiliary bishop of Lisbon. On October 13, 2018, he was appointed to the post by Pope Francis. His episcopal ordination took place on November 25 of the same year, at the Jerónimos Monastery. At the age of 56


Feb 8 - Luc Montagnier, French virologist, Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008 for succeeding in isolating the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) for the first time. At the age of 89

Jul 26 - James Lovelock, British chemist, physician, scientist and environmentalist. He was the creator of the Gaia theory, according to which the planet can be thought of as a living organism. At 103 years of age

Dec 8 - Fernando de Pádua, known as "the heart doctor". He was the founder of the Portuguese Foundation of Cardiology and co-founder of the International Society of Electrocardiography. At the age of 95


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