Veteran salsa singer Paquito Guzmán dies

Paquito Guzmán, a veteran Puerto Rican singer and pioneer of the so-called “romantic sauce,” died this Thursday morning, his family reported. He was 82 years old.

Surrounded by the love of his family and in the company of his wife Carmen and their children, the interpreter died at his home in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico after a long battle against cancer, indicated the statement sent to Listín Diario.

“We have received many samples and calls, so we ask you for space to process this sad moment. We ask for a little time to assimilate this harsh loss. Again, thanks to Puerto Rico and all the fans of the world, “said one of his granddaughters, a family spokesperson.

Its best-known sauces include “What am I going to do without you”, “25 roses”, “Five nights”, “Being a lover”, “And it is that you arrived”, “Our love broke” and others with which he catapulted himself as a pioneer in the called “romantic sauce” in the 90’s.

Frank Guzmán Geigel, his real name, began his successful musical career in the early 1960s and for decades he cultivated successes in various genres such as bolero, guajira, guaracha and salsa.

The singer was part of the Trio Los Primos of Rafael Scharrón and Tatín Vale, the Conjunto Cachana of Joe Quijano, but his unique style reached greater popularity and consolidated his career in music when he joined the Orquesta La Primerísima de Tommy Olivencia.

Paquito also developed and achieved success as a soloist, making his voice transcend the borders of the United States and Puerto Rico and become an idol in countries such as Venezuela, Colombia and Peru.

Respecting the artist’s last wish, no funeral acts will be held. Any additional information will be offered later by the Guzmán Ruiz family.