Colombian singer, Joe Arroyo (Alvaro Jose Arroyo) of age 55, one of the most significative artists in the musical culture of the country, died Tuesday July 26 of multiple organ failure due to diabetes and hypertension that he suffered for some time. He was hospitalized since June 27 in intensive care unit at La Asunción in Cartagena, Colombia. After a few days of slight recovery, his health worsened this morning and had to undergo dialysis. On the day of his death, it was announced that he was to be among the recipients of the Latin Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award to take place in November in Las Vegas.
As a child Joe Arroyo knew he was born to sing which is why he mastered the successful career that is known in Colombia and in many parts of the world where his music has been heard. He composed some 200 songs like ‘El preso,’ ‘Centurión de la noche’, ‘El ausente’, ‘A Dios le debo’, ‘Tania’, among many others. He combined the styles of his native Cartagena (calypso, merengue, salsa, soca) and showcased the incredible variety of African styles that exist in Colombian music, such as champeta and porro. He first appeared in the 1970s with the orchestra Fruko y sus Tesos, and he formed his own band in Medellin in 1981 called La Verdad. Joe Arroyo had performed with singers including Celia Cruz and Shakira. Colombia and the world have lost another Latin music legend.
Joe Arroyo is survived by his wife Jacqueline Ramos and eight children.
Facebook and twitter immediately started receiving condolences in memory of Joe Arroyo.
Mi más sentido pésame a Colombia, su familia y a la familia de la música latina por el fallecimiento del maestro Joe Arroyo. Su música vivirá para siempre. Descansa en paz. (My most sincere condolences to Colombia, his family and the Latin music family in the death of the Master Joe Arroyo. His music will forever live). (continues after ad)
MIS RESPETOS A TODA COLOMBIA POR LA MUERTE DE SU GRAN ARTISTA JOEARROYO :-( UNA GRAN PERDIDA EN NUESTRA MUSICA.LO RECORDAREMOS SIEMPRE! (My respects to all of Colombia in the death of their great artist Joe Arroyo. A great loss in our music. We will always remember him).
Una de las primeras músicas que traje de Colombia fue Joe Arroyo! Una tristeza la noticia de su muerte y mis condolencias a sus Familiares. (The first music that I brought from Colombia was Joe Arroyo! Great sadness with the news of his death and my condolences to his family).
Hoy perdimos un GRANDE… Descansa en Paz, Joe Arroyo!! Rest in Peace!! Sigues vivo en nuestros corazones, tu musica es inmortal!!! (Today we lost a BIG one… Rest in Peace Joe Arroyo!! You continue to live in our hearts, your music is immortal!!
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