RIO DE JANEIRO (74), BRAZIL – Considered the guru of Bolsonarism, writer Olavo de Carvalho, 74, died on Monday night, January 24. He was admitted to a hospital in Richmond, Virginia, in the United States.
The statement didn’t mention the cause of death, but the Brazilian media, including newspaper O Globo, widely reported that the thinker had been diagnosed with COVID-19 on Jan 16.
His daughter, who was publicly at odds with him, said on her Twitter account that he had died of the disease. His combative attacks on “cultural Marxism” and the growth of the state made him an icon of the Conservative movement that swept Bolsonaro to power in 2018.
The cause of death was not announced. Carvalho was currently married to Roxane had eight children and 18 grandchildren.
He moved to the United States in 2005 after the leftist Workers Party won the presidency, and he gave online philosophy classes to his followers in Brazil, championing individual rights and Christianity.
Carvalho questioned global warming, played down the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic and, like Bolsonaro, was a vaccine-skeptic, which got him into trouble with social media platforms for spreading fake news. PayPal blocked his account used to a received donations from followers and payments for his courses.
De Carvalho’s books and online courses helped reinvigorate the country’s right-wing ahead of the 2018 presidential election when he called on his followers to back then-candidate Jair Bolsonaro.
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