The Mayor of São Paulo, Bruno Covas, died, Sunday, at the age of 41, due to gastrointestinal cancer that had afflicted him since 2019, according to what was reported by the Syrian-Lebanese Hospital in the Brazilian city, where he was being treated, according to what it reported in. Permit.
The hospital bulletin stated that “Mayor Bruno Covas died today at 8:20 AM (11:20 AM GMT) as a result of the incidence, spread and complications of transitional esophageal cancer after a long period of treatment.”
The news caused an uproar on social media, with thousands of people instantly expressing their condolences and solidarity with his family, especially with his 15-year-old son, Thomas.
“Thanks to Bruno Cofas for sharing so much love and dedication with us all,” Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria said in an official note.
On Friday, the medical team treating him announced that his condition was irreversible, and that he was receiving painkillers and sedatives.
Covas has been hospitalized since May 2, after stomach bleeding was discovered during previous tests to continue chemotherapy and immunotherapy.
Faced with his deteriorating health, the mayor, a member of the Social Democratic Party of Brazil (PSDB), asked the Chamber of Municipal Advisors to obtain a 30-day permit to “fully devote himself” to his recovery.
“My body is asking me to allocate more time for treatment that is entering a very strict stage,” he said in a statement posted that day on his Twitter account.
Deputy Mayor Ricardo Nunes (MDB, center) has taken over the duties and will have to finish the mandate that expires in 2024.
Covas was an absolute. Trained as law and moderator amid the political polarization of Brazil, he was diagnosed in October 2019 with gastrointestinal cancer, which later affected lymph nodes, liver and bones.
Despite his illness, he continued to run the most populous city in Brazil (12.3 million people) and faced the crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, which had already left nearly 29,000 deaths in the economic capital of Latin America.
In August 2020, he contracted the Covid-19 virus, and after recovering, he will run in the municipal elections. And he won in the second round, receiving nearly 60% of the left-wing Gilherme Pauls vote.
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