Journalist Clóvis Rossi, one of the most outstanding journalists of his generation, died in the early morning on Friday (14), at age 76. He was in his home in São Paulo, where he was recovering from a heart attack he had suffered the previous week.
"Folha and Brazilian journalism lose one of their main and most successful reporters, certainly the most experienced. He will be missed," said Folha's Editorial Director, Sérgio Dávila.
Eclectic, as befits a journalist, Rossi could write about everything and had that incessant curiosity that is the mark of good reporters. When he wrote for Folha's 'São Paulo' column, he became one of the top analysts of Brazilian politics. In the last few years, he focused on international politics.
After joining Folha in 1980, he worked as a special reporter, member of the Editorial Board and a columnist in the World section. He was a correspondent in Buenos Aires and Madrid. His experience covering the Brazilian and Argentine dictatorships, caused him to detest any form of authoritarianism and champion human rights.
Clóvis Rossi leaves his wife, Catherine, to whom he was married for more than half a century, three children and three grandchildren. He set an example of professional greatness for three generations of journalists. There will be a huge absence for all those who admired his texts.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon