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Legendary Salsa Star Joe Arroyo Has Passed Away

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joe arroyo has passed away

Very, very sad.

Colombian salsa star Joe Arroyo has passed away at 55-years-old after suffering from kidney failure, heart problems, and other ailments.

Here's what Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos had to say about Arroyo's death via Twitter:

"It's a great loss for music and Colombia."

Even before his death was announced, the Latin Academy had released a statement saying that they would honor Arroyo with a Lifetime Achievement Award during November's Latin Grammys.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Arroyo's wife Jackelín Ramón, along with the rest of his loved ones. So tragic that he was taken from this Earth at such a young age.

He will be missed.

[Image via AP Images.]

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8 comments to “Legendary Salsa Star Joe Arroyo Has Passed Away”

  1. 1

    24 hours later you post this!! he's funeral is taking place now in Barranquilla, Colombia..we lost an icon/legend, there is a big party in Heaven now!!

  2. 2

    R.I.P. que decanse en paz

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  4. 4

    He was amazing and hes music made a whole continent dance!, what is even more sad is thag why didn't the Latin Grammys recognize him earlier?? They always concentrate on the same Puerto Rican salsa singers every year it's the same people!! Joe Arroyo was to Colombia what Celia Cruz was too Cuba. You will be missed Joe Arroyo u gave nation many happy times!

  5. 5

    I learned how to dance salsa at age 4 to this mans music. He holds a special place in my heart.

  6. 6

    Such a huge loss hat has not only affected Colombia, but has changed the music genre forever. El Joe and his music have contributed so much to our way of life (Barranquillera), but his legacy will continue to be part of what strengthens our culture. Que descanse en paz, el Gran Joe. Aunque ya usted eres el Ausente, Usted nos dejas mucho!

  7. 7

    Re: Curramba78 – you're words are touching, however where you have "usted" is not really necessary … you could have just said "Aunque ahora estas ausente, nos dejas mucho!

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    Re: culona
    Hey thanks for the suggestion, but I meant it the way I used it since I was referring to his song, which is titled, "el Ausente".