(CNN)Paulinho Paiakan, a Kayapó chief known for his environmental protests in Brazil, has died after being hospitalized for coronavirus, Brazil's Health Ministry has confirmed.
Paulinho Paiakan, Amazon chief and indigenous rainforest protector, dies with coronavirus
Paiakan, 66, died Wednesday in a hospital in Redenção, in southern Pará, a state where the coronavirus epidemic has spread among indigenous communities and has killed several tribal elders, according to CNN Brasil.
The health ministry said it had followed Paiakan's situation closely after he was diagnosed with coronavirus and then hospitalized for it. He was recently transferred to an intensive care unit in the regional Araguia hospital where he was intubated on June 9.
Paiakan was known for drawing attention to the cost of building the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant on the Amazon's Xingu River in the 1980s.
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