André Matos, former lead singer of the Brazilian metal bands ANGRA and VIPER, has died of a heart attack at the age of 47. His death was confirmed by ex-ANGRA drummer Ricardo Confessori, and the SHAMAN Facebook page where the following tribute words were posted: “Fate brought us together, separated us, gathered us and now preached more this with us. It is with deep pain in our hearts that we say goodbye to Andre once again, this time definitively. In addition to the wound that you never had, and even knowing that we spend glorious moments next to our companion and friend, there will forever be the best of. R.I.P“
André performed last Sunday (June 2) at the Espaço das Américas in São Paulo with SHAMAN and also made a guest appearance with the show’s headliners, AVANTASIA. AVANTASIA leader Tobias Sammet wrote on his Facebook page: “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.”
German metallers RAGE wrote on social media: “We are in shock about the news of the passing of our good old friend André Matos! A big loss to the metal community. You’ll never be forgotten, brother… REST IN PEACE!”
Matos‘s longtime friend and former band-mate, founding VIPER guitarist Felipe Machado, told Veja São Paulo: “I’m shocked, very sad. I still do not know the details, but I know he did a great show last week, and he was fine. I do not know what might have happened. I only know that Brazil has lost our greatest rock singer, the most incredible voice, a talented pianist. I do not know what to say.”
Matos left ANGRA in 2000 and was replaced by Eduardo “Edu” Falaschi,. Falaschi quit ANGRA in May 2012. For the past few years, ANGRA has been fronted by Italian vocalist Fabio Lione (VISION DIVINE, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, KAMELOT).