The pioneering Brazilian musician Jo\u00e3o Gilberto has died aged 88 at his home in Rio de Janeiro. \n\nThe singer and guitarist is best known for introducing the bossa nova genre to the world in 1958 and his unique musical style blended traditional samba with contemporary jazz. \n\nJo\u00e3o Gilberto was born in the Brazilian state of Bahia in 1931 and his music came to symbolise a period of hope and optimism in country. \n\nHis timeless versions of songs such as \u0022Quiet Nights\u0022 and \u0022The Girl from Ipanema\u0022 became world renowned. \n\nOver the past 10 years he lived alone in Rio, fighting mental health and financial issues.