It’s a sad day for the Latin music community.
Cuban singer Olga Guillot passed away yesterday in Miami at the age of 87 after suffering a heart attack.
The Latin Grammy winner known as La Reina del Bolero (Queen of Bolero) had over 60 years of experience in the industry.
Back in the ‘60 she even performed at New York's Carnegie Hall becoming the first Hispanic artist to sing there.
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen spoke out about the loss saying:
“I grew up in Miami with the songs of Olga Guillot playing on my parents' radio and she, along with Celia Cruz, were two of the few living symbols of the Cuba that exiles longed for.
What saddens the Cuban-American community the most is that Olga is yet another name in a long roster of names that passes away without seeing freedom in their beloved Cuba.
There will never be another Olga Guillot. Her unrepentant patriotism, love of country, talented voice and humanitarian heart will be missed by all who knew her. She was one of a kind.”
Olga leaves behind a daughter and sister. Our thoughts and prayers go to her family and millions of fans.
[Image via AP Images.]