Brazil's Jorginho Guinle dies

March 5, 2004 at 9:20 PM
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RIO DE JANEIRO, March 5 (UPI) -- Jorginho Guinle, the Brazilian playboy who dated some of the world's most glamorous women, died Friday after refusing surgery for an aortic aneurysm.

He was 88.

Guinle checked out of a hospital late Thursday to spend his last hours in the luxurious Copacabana Palace hotel in Rio de Janeiro where he had spent most of his hedonistic life, the BBC reported.

He was widely rumored to have been intimate with Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth and Anita Ekberg, among other famous women.

His family's fortune, put at some $2 billion in today's money, was made by his father.

But the money fizzled out and the hotel was sold. For the past 15 years, Guinle lived off an allowance paid by friends and was a welcome guest at the hotel.

"The secret of a happy life is to die without a cent in your pocket," he once said, "but I think I miscalculated" -- a reference to his exhausted fortune.

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