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Oscar de la Renta remembered by longtime friend Julio Iglesias: ‘I will love you forever’

The death of the illustrious designer Oscar de la Renta has touched the hearts of his greatest fans around the world.

His longtime friend and singer Julio Iglesias paid tribute to the late 82-year-old designer who died Monday night after a long battle with cancer.

“Oscar, my soulmate. Now who’s going to tell me about the nice things in life, who will give me advice?” Iglesias wrote on Twitter with a photo of the two.

The duo have been friends for many years, both having neighboring homes in the beach resort area of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Iglesias, 71, took part in a celebration to honor De La Renta with the Medal of Excellence this past May in New York.

At the time, De la Renta called the singer “like a brother.”

“I imagine you’ve taken with you the sea of Punta Cana, the sea of memories, the sea of joy, the sea of magic, the sea that you invented,” Iglesias continued in his tribute. “There will not a day in my life that the sea you brought to me will not return a smile for you. I love you forever.”

De la Renta died in his home in Connecticut surrounded by family, friend and “more than a few dogs,” according to a handwritten statement signed by his stepdaughter Eliza Reed Bolen and her husband, Alex Bolen.

"While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much with us. Oscar's hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company," the statement said. "All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit."

Monday night also marked the start of Fashion Week in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In a pre-planned honor, the Hotel Santo Domingo inaugurated a room named after De la Renta.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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