Brasilia, Brazil (4E) – Just days before his 105th birthday, popular Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer Wednesday died at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro.
Niemeyer is the mastermind of some of the most famous modernist government buildings in Brazilian capital Brasilia. He co-worked with Swiss architect Le Corbusier for the construction of the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Brasilia has held a memorial service in his honor at the presidential palace on Thursday. President Dilma Rousseff himself called Niemeyer’s family and informed about the service. “Brazil has lost today one of its geniuses, It is a day to lament his death. It is a day to acclaim his life,” the president said.
In a tribute to Niemeyer, a three-day of mourning has been declared in Rio de Janeiro, Mayor Eduardo Paes stated. He is expected to be buried at his home place Friday.