Brazilian music producer Tom Capone, who was nominated for five Latin Grammy awards this year, was killed in a motorcycle crash in Los Angeles early today (Sept. 2), hours after leaving the awards sho

Brazilian music producer Tom Capone, who was nominated for five Latin Grammy awards this year, was killed in a motorcycle crash in Los Angeles early today (Sept. 2), hours after leaving the awards show, police and his record label said.

He died after his motorcycle and a car collided. Police said alcohol was involved in the accident between Capone, 37, and the driver of a Dodge Neon, a woman who was not identified by police. The incident was still under investigation.

Capone shared the best pop Brazilian album award last night with singer Maria Rita for her self-titled release. He was headed down Ventura Boulevard, a major artery in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Van Nuys, when his motorcycle and the car hit at an intersection.

"The impact [caused Capone] to get thrown from the motorcycle. He [collided] with the roadway and then [collided] with a building," said Los Angeles Police Lt. Steven Allen. Allen said Capone, whose real name was Luis Antonio Ferreira Goncalves, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, shortly after 3 a.m. PT.

Capone had also been nominated for Latin Grammys in the album of the year, best engineered album and record of the year categories. Beyond his work with Rita, the daughter of Brazilian superstar Elis Regina, Capone had worked with Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento, Raimundos, Barao Vermelho, Nando Reis, Marisa Monte, Carlinhos Brown, and Lenine.

Most recently, he produced three tracks for Spanish-language trio Bacilos for its new album, due Sept. 28.


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