Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés dead at 79

Pablo Milanés died at the age of 79.

The GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter was known for Cuban hits like “Yolanda” and “Amo Esta Isla,” but recently passed away, his management has confirmed.

Without revealing the cause of death, on Monday (22.11.22), his team posted on Facebook: “With great pain and sadness, we regret to announce that Maestro Pablo Milanés passed away this morning of November 22 at Madrid. We deeply appreciate all the outpourings of love and support, to all of his family and friends, during this very difficult time. May he rest in the love and peace he has always transcended. He will forever be in our memory.”

The ‘Vengo Naciendo’ hitmaker is survived by his children Haydée, Suylén, Lynn Milanés and Antonio – whom he has with his ex-wife Yolanda but who was married to Nancy Perez at the time of his death – and his death comes a few months only after he made his last public appearance at his own headlining concert in Havana in June 2022.

Pablo previously explained that his hit ‘Yolanda’ – inspired by his first wife – had been “overwhelming” in terms of his career success, noting that the song had been more “lingering” than he ever hoped.

He said: “Yolanda was life-changing for my career. She was stronger than me, more unpredictable than me, more persistent than I would have liked. Therefore, I believe that the creation itself goes beyond intentions. of the artist!”

In 2010, Pablo – who was living in Spain at the time of his death – again came to public attention when he signed a document titled Manifesto of Cuban Civil Society calling for urgent social and economic reforms in Cuba.

At the time, he said: “Our country, united, must give way to new voices and new ways of thinking, calling for new laws and new freedoms.”

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