Dominguinhos ("Little Dominic") was born José Domingos de Morais in Garanhuns and was a Brazilian composer and singer.
He performed with musicians such as Luiz Gonzaga, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa (with whom he toured in Midem), Zé Ramalho, Toquinho, and Maria Bethânia. Some of his hits were recorded by Bethânia, Gil, Chico Buarque, Elba Ramalho, and Fagner. In 1997 Dominguinhos wrote the soundtrack of the film O Cangaceiro.
In December 2012, Dominguinhos was taken to a hospital in Recife with cardiac dysrhythmia and respiratory tract infection. He was later transferred to the Syrian-Lebanese Hospital, in São Paulo, where his coma was described as permanent and doctors say there are no hopes he will return and wake up again.
Despite the declarations of his son, Dominguinhos was still fighting for his life. He was minimally conscious, able to understand his condition and the ones who surround him at the hospital.
Dominguinhos passed away in July 23, 2013, due to infectious and cardiac complications, according to the Sírio-Libanês Hospital in São Paulo, Brazil.
Born: 2/12/1941 Garanhuns, Pernambuco, Brazil
Died: 7/23/2013, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Dominguinhos’ western – actor, composer:O Cangaceiro – 1997 (Ze Domingues) [also composed score]