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Salsa Legend Cheo Feliciano Dies in Car Crash

FILE - Guest singer Cheo Feliciano, right, becomes emotional while listening to salsa music star Ruben Blades after signing together in the kick off of Blades' tour "Todos Vuelven".
FILE - Guest singer Cheo Feliciano, right, becomes emotional while listening to salsa music star Ruben Blades after signing together in the kick off of Blades' tour "Todos Vuelven".
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Police say Salsa legend Jose Luis "Cheo" Feliciano, 78, has died in a car crash in Puerto Rico.

Officials say the singer was driving alone in his jaguar when he hit an electricity pole before sunrise, Thursday.

Not to be confused with the younger Jose Feliciano, a famous Puerto Rican guitarist and singer with a string of popular hits, including his rendition of the The Doors' "Light by Fire,'' Cheo Feliciano was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and dropped out of school at 17 to train with top salsa orchestras in New York, according to Billboard.com.

Cheo Feliciano, a member of the popular group Fania All Stars, was honored with the Latin Grammy Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He is survived by his wife Coco and four sons.

Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla has declared three days of mourning in his honor.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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by: jose luis rodriguez from: colorado springs colorado
April 22, 2014 1:07 PM
my brother, two of our freinds and i met cheo at the Aregon Ball Room in chicago ill back in 1972. He was very humble,polite and adviced us to get a good education. thank you cheo, rest in peace.


by: Joe from: NJ
April 17, 2014 12:50 PM
What is shame, huge loss :-(
He was touring with the Salsa Giants and recently performed during the Latin Grammys.
RIP my friend

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