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Celia Cruz

Obituary

NEW YORK (AP) – Celia Cruz, the Cuban-born singer who went from singing in Havana nightclubs to become the "Queen of Salsa," died Wednesday, her publicist said.

Cruz, who was 77, died of a brain tumor. She had surgery for the ailment in December but her health faltered. She died at her home in Fort Lee, N.J., according to her publicist, Blanca Lasalle.

In the 1950s, Cruz became famous with the legendary Afro-Cuban group La Sonora Matancera. She left Cuba for the United States in 1960, and was credited with bringing salsa music to a broad audience.

Cruz, who recorded more than 70 albums and had more than a dozen Grammy nominations, won best salsa album for "La Negra Tiene Tumbao" at the last year's Latin Grammy Awrds. Among her other best-known recordings are "Yerberito Moreno" and "Que le Den Candela."

Called the "Queen of Salsa" and the "diva of Latin song," Cruz remained energetic late into her career. At last year's Latin Grammys, she showed up wearing a frothy blue-and-white headpiece and a tight red dress and gave a hip-shaking performance.

Cruz's alliance with fellow salsa star Tito Puente garnered her some of the biggest success in her career. In 1987, she was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, and several years later, the city of Miami gave Calle Ocho, the main street of its Cuban community, the honorary name of Celia Cruz Way.

Cruz also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Smithsonian Institution and in 1994, President Clinton honored her with an award from the National Endowment of the Arts.


Copyright © 2003 The Associated Press


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Celia we miss you .....no other salsera Como tu ly .. always in our hearts
Legend azucarrrr

Always in our hearts . We love you Celia

To Celia Cruz,
You were a very talented latin entertainer. I watched you sing in the movie Salsa and you were just fantastic. My prayers are with you Miss Cruz. Lisa Weiner.

I SO MISS YOU, CELIA CRUZ. I WENT TO ONE OF YOUR CONCERTS IN LOS ANGELES AND EVERYONE DANCED THERE. YOUR PERFORMANCES WERE WONDERFUL TO WATCH, AND YOUR MUSIC WAS BETTER THAN WONDERFUL. YOU MADE EVERYONE DANCE WITH YOUR TUNES AND YOUR VOICE. TOO BAD YOU HAD TO LEAVE OUR WORLD, BUT NOW YOU ARE SINGING FOR THE LORD ALMIGHTY AND I BET YOUR MAKING GOD DANCE TOO. I LOVED ALL OF YOUR DRESSES YOU HAD ON WHEN YOU WERE ON STAGE. DIOS TE BENDIGA, CELIA CRUZ. YOU WERE A BLESSING TO US ALL. SORRY YOU HAD...

For Celia...the Cuban-born singer who went from singing in Havana nightclubs to become the "Queen of Salsa.

WEEP NOT FOR ME


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the...

Celia te quiero muchisimo y siempre seras la Guarachera de Cuba. Siempre viveras en los corazones del mundo. Viva Cuba y Viva la Reina de la Salsa!!!!!!

I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IN SUCH AWE OF MISS CRUZ SINCE I WAS A CHILD. I LOVED TO SEE HER DANCE TO THE BEAT OF THE SALSA MUSIC AND HOW SHE JUST OOZED LOVE AND EXCITEMENT FOR HER FANS AND AUDIENCE WHEREEVER SHE PERFORMED. ALSO I REALLY LOVED HER ON SESAME STREET.
CELIA, YOU WERE ONE OF THE GOOD ONES AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU.
LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU,