Covas was diagnosed with cancer in 2019. It was first discovered in his digestive system and later spread to his bones. He was hospitalized on May 2 at Sario Paulo Sirio-Libanes Hospital, where his condition is deteriorating.
Covas was elected vice mayor in 2016 and became Sao Paulo’s youngest mayor in 2018 after Joao Doria left town hall to run for state governor. Covas was re-elected in 2020 with almost 60% of the vote.
With the death of Covas, Vice Mayor Ricardo Nunes will become mayor of Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil.
Covas was divorced and had a son, 15-year-old Thomas.