Tragedy as veteran Puerto Rican singer Paquito Guzman dies at 82

Paquito Guzman Cause of Death – Passed Away: Legendary salsa singer, Paquito Guzman of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico has died. Paquito Guzman passed away on Thursday, December 9th, 2021 at his home in Toa Baja, after a long and courageous battle against colon cancer. He was 82 years old at the time.

Jorge Guzmán mourned the “sudden passing” of a veteran Puerto Rican singer and pioneer of the so-called “romantic sauce,” Paquito Guzman on their Twitter page.

“Frank Guzmán Géigel (Paquito Guzmán), a Puerto Rican salcero and one of the world’s greatest exponents of romantic salsa, died at the age of 82, after fighting a tough fight against colon cancer. Peace to your soul and strength to your family.”

Frank Guzmán Géigel, best known by his stagename Paquito Guzman was born in Puerto Rico in 1939. He was known for his music in the subgenre of “salsa romántica.” Guzman relocated to New York City (NYC) in 1959, where he started his music career. He was the founder of the trio group Los Originales. The group first recorded their songs together like “Yolanda” and “Mi Martirio.”

He also recorded several solo studio albums like Paquito Guzmán, Escucha Mi Canción and Mintiendo Se Gana Más. Guzman achieved greater popularity and consolidated his career in music when he joined the Orquesta La Primerísima de Tommy Olivencia. He was very successful in various genres such as bolero, guajira, guaracha, and salsa.

Tributes are flooding in for the veteran Puerto Rican singer on social media, honouring his life’s work.

“May you Rest In Peace 🕊 I love you paquito Red heart until I see you in the next life!!! Sorry I couldn’t visit to say my last goodbye your music and heart will forever be in my soul!”

“The SAXOMANIA Orchestra wants to express its sorrow for the departure of our guest singer Paquito Guzmán. Thanks for so much good music and so many good memories, my friend. God has you in his glory”

“My abuelo Paquito Guzmán is known as one of the great salsa romantica vocalists/pioneer of the style. He is a legend in Puerto Rico. Today he was called back to his true home in heaven. His contribution to salsa & legacy will live forever”

“He put such a feeling to this particular performance, even in its last years of life, that it was impossible to listen to the song without giving you goose bumps. Immortal Paquito Guzmán.”

Paquito Guzman obituary and funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by his family.

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