Jô Soares forgave the taxi driver who killed his mother, Mercedes, in an accident

Jô Soares forgave the taxi driver who killed his mother, Mercedes, in an accident


Comedian Jô Soares, who died this Friday (5/8) at the age of 84, lost his mother, Mercedes Leal. He ran away and was killed at the age of 70 and the announcer was only 30 years old.

Despite not often commenting on the subject, Jô Soares spoke about the death of Mercedes in an interview with Marcelo Bonfá, in 2015. In that event, he revealed that he found and forgave the taxi driver:

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“My mother was hit by a car on a rainy day. The taxi driver was not at fault. He was 70 years old. The driver helped my mother and took her to the hospital. He did everything right. But he had a fractured skull and could not resist.”

Jô Soares also said that, 10 years after the accident, he met the driver again while taking a taxi: “Ten years later, I took a taxi in Santos Dumont and, when I got home, the driver said: ‘I need to say. something for you. I am the one who ran away from your mother. And since that day, ten years have passed, I can’t sleep anymore. I will only be able to sleep the day you tell me you forgive me.”

“I replied: ‘But my son, you have been forgiven since the day you took my mother, helped and stayed by my father’s side until my mother died. You were not wrong. I have forgiven you, you are more than forgiven. Go in peace’. He cried and I cried a lot too. Forgiveness for me is the most important thing in Christianity.”