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SAO PAULO — Hundreds of followers mourning the demise of Brazil’s “Queen of Rock” lined up within the rain early Wednesday to hitch kin of Rita Lee Jones at a wake for the singer inside a planetarium in Sao Paulo.

Rita Lee, as she was popularly identified, died Monday at age 75.

Followers began lining up at 5 a.m. Wednesday in Ibapuera Park outdoors the planetarium, which Rita Lee wrote about in her memoirs and infrequently visited. Photos of the sky because it was on Dec. 31, 1947, the day Rita Lee was born, have been displayed on the planetarium’s ceiling.

Grammy Award winner Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, two legends of Brazilian music, posted pictures of themselves with Rita Lee, celebrating her distinctive persona as a lot as her artwork.

Rita Lee left a long-lasting mark along with her irreverence, creativity and compositions containing messages that helped introduce Brazilian society to feminism. She was the writer of hits akin to “Ovelha Negra,” “Mania de Você” and “Now Solely Lacking You.”

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva additionally lamented Tuesday the lack of “one of many greatest and most good names in Brazilian music.” He praised “an artist forward of her time” and declared three days of mourning.

Her reason for demise wasn’t instantly disclosed however she was identified with lung most cancers in 2021, which her son had stated final 12 months that she had defeated.

The wake was scheduled till night. Her physique was to be cremated.