Legendary, Latin Grammy winning, Cuban singer Olga Guillot passed away in Miami at the age of 87 after suffering a heart attack yesterday. With over 60 years in the business, Guillot is a celebrated icon for the Latin American community. She was the first hispanic singer to grace the stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall and gained much attention from the US Press. Since the Cuban revolution she lived in exile in Mexico and Miami.
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen spoke out about the passing of Guillot by saying:
“I grew up in Miami with the songs of Olga Guillot playing on my parents’ radio and she, along with Celia Cruz, were two of the few living symbols of the Cuba that exiles longed for.
What saddens the Cuban-American community the most is that Olga is yet another name in a long roster of names that passes away without seeing freedom in their beloved Cuba.
There will never be another Olga Guillot. Her unrepentant patriotism, love of country, talented voice and humanitarian heart will be missed by all who knew her. She was one of a kind.”
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