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Iconic pianist Nelson Freire dies in Rio de Janeiro at 77 years of age

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire, one of the greatest names in world classical music, died Monday, November 1, at his residence in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 77, his employer confirmed.

Freire, whose cause of death was not disclosed, began playing the piano when he was only three years old and became one of Brazil's greatest artists, which led him to an outstanding career and a place on the world's leading stages.

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