Cássia Eller

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Cássia Eller
Birth name Cássia Rejane Eller
Born (1962-12-10)December 10, 1962
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Origin Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died December 29, 2001(2001-12-29) (aged 39)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Genres Rock, alternative rock, punk rock, grunge, samba, MPB
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1990–2001
Labels Universal Music
Som Livre

Cássia Rejane Eller (December 10, 1962 – December 29, 2001) was a Brazilian musician. She performed a fusion of rock and MPB.

She was rated as the 18th greatest vocalist and 40th greatest Brazilian musician by Rolling Stone Brasil.[1][2]


After spending most of her adolescence in Brasília, Eller dropped out of high school and returned to her birthplace of Rio de Janeiro, where she began a career as a recording artist. In 1990, she became an underground favorite with the release of her self-titled debut album, which contained the song "Rubens", an ambiguous love song that was censored by the far-right-wing authorities during the Brazilian military regime.[3] Her follow-up release, 1992's E.C.T., has been called "a battle cry for sexual freedom."[3]

Eller gave birth to a son, Francisco "Chicão" Eller, in 1993. That same year, she went public with her long-term relationship with Maria Eugênia Vieira Martins. She explained that she came out so that her son could grow up without hearing rumors about his mother.[3] As one of Brazil's most prominent lesbian artists, Eller was sometimes called the "South American Melissa Etheridge."[3]

In addition to her deep and husky singing voice, Eller became known for her bold public image, as she occasionally wore a mohawk and bared her breasts on television. She posed nude for the artwork of her breakout release, 1999's Com Você... Meu Mundo Ficaria Completo.[3] The album went gold and earned Eller a Latin Grammy Award nomination for Best Brazilian Rock Album. She received another Latin Grammy Award nomination for her cover of "O Segundo Sol," originally by Nando Reis. The song was included on her 2001 album Acustico MTV, a live recording for MTV Brasil similar to MTV Unplugged, which was also certified gold.[3]

Eller died on December 29, 2001, at the age of 39. After having been admitted to a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, she died of a heart attack. The Public Ministry began an investigation, believing that Eller should have been treated for a drug or alcohol overdose and that the staff at the hospital had acted incorrectly in treating her for a heart attack. After toxicology reports came back clean, showing only Xylocaine (an antiarrhythmic), a judge dismissed the Public Ministry’s case.[4] Eller’s partner of 14 years, Eugênia, eventually gained full custody of Francisco, after a year-long custody battle against Cássia Eller’s father, Altair Eller.[5]


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Minha História (1997)
  • Música Urbana (1997)
  • Millennium (1998)
  • Série Gold (2002)
  • Participação Especial (2002)
  • Perfil (2003)
  • A Arte de Cássia Eller (2004)
  • I Love MPB (2004)
  • Novo Millennium (2005)
  • Raridades (2008)



  3. ^ a b c d e f Gdula, Steve (March 5, 2002). "Queen of the Carnaval". The Advocate. 
  4. ^ "Juíza rejeita denúncia contra médicos que atenderam Cássia Eller". Folha Online (in Portuguese). November 24, 2004. 
  5. ^ "Filho de Cássia Eller fica com Maria Eugênia, decide juiz" (in Portuguese). Paraná Online. October 31, 2002.