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Johnny Ventura Dead - Beloved Dominican Merengue Singer Dies at 81

Johnny Ventura Dead - Beloved Dominican Merengue Singer Dies at 81

Johnny Ventura has sadly died.

The iconic merengue star, born Juan de Dios Ventura Soriano, passed away at the age of 81, Billboard confirmed Wednesday (July 28).

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The legendary performer passed away of a sudden heart attack and was pronounced dead at Clínica Unión Medica del Norte in Santiago, Dominican Republic, via El Tiempo.

He shared footage of himself just hours before the news of his death on Instagram: “I miss the human warmth of my audience. Let’s continue to protect ourselves to return to normality soon,” he wrote.

Johnny Ventura was born in La Vega, Dominican Republic, and he had many hits over the years, like “Patacon Pisao,” “¿Pitaste?” and “Merenguero Hasta la Tambora.” He also served as vice mayor of Santo Domingo in the ’90s, and as mayor from 1998 to 2002.

Our thoughts are with Johnny Ventura‘s loved ones at this difficult time. We have sadly lost all of these stars in 2021.

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