Renato Russo, a singer, songwriter, bassist, and leader of Legião Urbana, passed away on October 11, 1996, in Rio de Janeiro, due to AIDS-related complications. Born on March 27, 1960, in Rio, he moved to Brasília at the age of nine. His musical career included stints with the band Aborto Elétrico and the iconic Legião Urbana, where he recorded nine albums. Renato also released three solo works.

The death of Renato Russo

Leading Legião Urbana, he became an influential figure in Brazilian rock, creating classics such as “Será,” “Geração Coca-Cola,” “Que País é Este?,” “Tempo Perdido,” and “Faroeste Caboclo.” Some fans had an almost religious devotion to the band, calling it “Religião Urbana,” but Renato always rejected that status.

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