Former Angra singer André Matos has sadly passed away at the age of 47. His death was the result of a heart attack.
The following was posted on the vocalist’s Facebook:
“It is with deep regret that we confirm the passing of André This Saturday morning due to a heart stop.
As many know, he was an extremely reserved person – and manifested in life, for more than once, the desire not to have a wake.
Respecting His will, he will be cremated today with the presence only of relatives.
We thank everyone for understanding and we count on you so that André’s memory and legacy remain alive forever.
The band issued a statement as well [translated from Portuguese]:
“With much pain we received the news of the death of Andre Matos. Angra is in mourning. Andre was essential for the success and consecration of this band. The contribution of his talent and presence is invaluable.
There are no words at this time that describe the size of the emptiness left in the hearts of those who loved him from near and far. Brazil loses an irreplaceable talent of the genre Heavy Metal and with it dies the hope of seeing it in our stages again.
May the angels receive your soul and may the Fire Goddess hold the flame of her artistic legacy on forever. R.I.P. Andre Matos.”
Former Angra and current Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro also commented:
“What a sad morning. A phone call and the news that André Matos passed away. Life is too fragile. I cried. Since I was 14 years old back in the Rio Branco school, André was already a benchmark. We all wanted to be like him. The unparalleled voice, the talent for the piano. Luckily, the destiny united us for nine years. In the years we spent together, we have created and lived incredible things which are kept in the most special place in my memory. The crazy dream of having a world-famous heavy metal band that we talked about while sitting on the bus going to rehearsals. The songs he wrote are timeless (Play Carry On!), the albums… from our first precarious shows to the big tours in Europe. Everything is coming back to my mind now. From his peerless high notes to the glance over the round glasses. André, you were and will always be so important to us all. This week he said he wanted to play together again after 20 years. Too sad. Your voice, your songs, and your piano will be eternal for all of us fans.. Thank you, André. RIP”
Avantasia’s Tobias Sammet, who shared the stage with Matos last Sunday (June 2) at the Espaço das Américas in São Paulo, also had the following to say:
“I am devastated by the tragic news about the passing of my friend André Matos whom I shared the stage with only five days ago. I am in shock. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest in peace, André Matos”