‘Brazilian butt-lift’ surgeon dies a day after holding Olympic flame

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Brazilian plastic surgeon Dr Ivo Pitanguy, Angra dos Reis Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2000. (Photo by Christopher Pillitz/Getty Images)

Brazilian plastic surgeon Dr Ivo Pitanguy, Angra dos Reis Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2000. (Photo by Christopher Pillitz/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Dr. Ivo Pitanguy, one of the world’s top plastic surgeons who helped make Brazil a popular destination for the rich and famous to get work done, has died. He was 90.

Pitanguy died Saturday, one day after carrying the Olympic flame that later lit the cauldron at the Rio Olympic Games opening ceremony in Maracana Stadium.

His spokeswoman, Patricia Sallum, told The Associated Press that Pitanguy had a heart attack at home in Rio de Janeiro. His body will be cremated on Sunday.

One of his signature surgeries earned the nickname the “Brazilian butt-lift.” Despite his fame and wealth, he also liked to help poor accident victims for free.

His skills with the scalpel helped make Brazil a leading destination for plastic surgery.

 

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