Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés died at dawn this Tuesday at the age of 79 after a stay admitted because of an oncohaematological disease over a week in Madrid, according to his artistic office.
“It is with great pain and sadness that we unfortunately have to announce that the teacher Pablo Milanés passed away in Madrid this morning of November 22nd. We are deeply grateful for all the love and support he has shown to all his family and friends during these difficult times (…) It will be remembered forever,” announces a statement published on social media networks of the artist was published.
Born on February 24, 1943 in the Cuban city of Bamayo, the artist is one of the most renowned voices in Cuban music and was the Founder and creator of the Nueva Trova sound along with other renowned artists such as Silvio Rodríguez and Noel Nicola.
The singer-songwriter is winner of dos Grammy Latinos (2006)including a Cuban National Music Award and a statuette for musical excellence (2015).
With more than 40 albums released throughout his career, some of his biggest hits have been love songs like “Yolanda”, “El breve espacio” or “Ámame como soy”, combining all genres and sounds from traditional to modern, including jazz, rumba, bolero or son.
Milanés had suspended several performances due to his health
The Cuban singer-songwriter was hospitalized in Madrid on November 12 for “the consequences of”. a series of recurrent infections which have affected his health in the last three months,” said a statement from his artistic office at the time.
“This clinical situation – the note added – is secondary an oncohematological disease who suffered for several years and asked him to “settle in Madrid at the end of 2017” to be treated.
After his hospitalization, he suspended several Performances he had planned in Pamplona (Spain), Mexico City and Santo Domingo.
The statement said that “for the time being it was necessary to cancel the concerts planned for the coming weeks and to suspend all their artistic activities while this circumstance lasts”.
Pablo Milanés had to cancel a concert last September. One of his last live performances was in Havana last June.