The statement can be read in a statement, “At 9:12 pm on Tuesday, unfortunately, patient Paulo Gustavo Monteiro, victim of COVID-19 and its complications, passed away.”
The actor has been hospitalized since March 13 at Copa Star Hospital in Rio de Janeiro.
“The professional team that participated in your treatment feels deep and sympathetic to the suffering of everyone,” concluded the statement from the hospital.
Paulo Gustavo was born in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, on October 30, 1978, and left her husband, dermatologist Thales Bretas, and her two children.
The actress played various characters on television, cinema and theater, but Donna Herminia, a divorced and gossip mother, was the one who participated in the play “My Mother’s Play”, which set her records at the box office.
With over 15 million followers on Instagram, the charismatic comedian has received thousands of messages of support from fans and personalities from entertainment, culture and politics.
Paulo Gustavo underwent several treatments during treatment in the hospital, including a mechanical ventilation. The comedian had to have a breathing tube inserted about two weeks ago, and although there were signs of improvement over the weekend, doctors reported Monday that his condition had worsened. The team stated, on Tuesday, that his condition is irreversible.
Musician Caetano Veloso was one of the first to share his pain. “Paulo Gustavo is an expression of Brazilian joy,” he wrote on Twitter next to a picture with the actor.
“I received the news of the death of Paulo Gustavo with great sadness. Today, COVID has taken another one of us. A great Brazilian who has given our country so much joy. Rest in peace. Your talent will never be forgotten,” tweeted former president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva.
Dozens of messages of condolence on the actor’s death criticized the Brazilian government for its handling of the epidemic.
More than 411,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Brazil, as President Jair Bolsonaro downplayed the severity of the disease, encouraged gatherings and questioned the use of masks and the effectiveness of vaccines.