Cuban singer Pablo Milanés has retired to rest after a long battle with blood cancer. He was 79.
The news of his demise was confirmed by his official Facebook page.
“With great pain and sadness, we regret to inform you that the teacher Pablo Milanés has passed away this morning of November 22 in Madrid,” the statement read.
They continued: “We deeply appreciate all the expressions of affection and support, to all his family and friends, in these difficult times.
“May he rest in the love and peace that he has always transmitted. It will remain forever in our memory.”
Born in the eastern Cuban city of Bayamo in 1943, the Grammy-award winner’s health suffered a decline when he canceled several concerts earlier this month to seek treatment for blood cancer.
The symbol of soulful Cuban music is accredited with 50 albums and more than 600 songs during his lifetime.