Ivo Pitanguy, a plastic surgeon whose skill with the scalpel drew celebrities to his operating table from around the world and made him a cultural icon in beauty-obsessed Brazil, died on Saturday, one day after passing the Olympic torch for the Rio Games. He was 90.
Pitanguy died of a heart attack in his Rio home on Saturday, a spokeswoman said. He had been suffering from a kidney illness since last year, she said.
In his last public appearance, seated in a wheelchair, Pitanguy held the Olympic torch in the Rio neighborhood of Gavea where his clinic is located on the final leg of the relay to Friday’s opening of the Games.