Published December 25, 2016
The world is mourning the death of legendary salsero Jose Luis “Cheo” Feliciano, who died un-expectedly in a car crash Thursday morning in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Those in the music world were quick to share their reaction to the news the Boricua singer who touched so many hearts.
“It’s really sad. All Puerto Ricans are devastated,” actress Roselyn Sanchez told Fox News Latino. “He’s a legend. An incredible singer. Beloved figure in Puerto Rico. I keep thinking about my mom and my dad, because it’s their era and I grew up listening to Cheo Feliciano because of my parents. It’s devastating.”
Salsa crooner Marc Anthony took to Twitter to offer his condolences.
“Just heard the sad news about Cheo Feliciano. My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. Rest in peace Cheo,” he wrote.
Fellow salsero Willie Colon tweeted: “Cheo, my friend, I’m in so much pain. You will always be one of my heroes.”
Ruben Blades expressed his condolences during an interview with Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia.
“He will always be in a position where he can count on many admirers, because not only his quality and elegance – because he was always elegance – but also by his way of being,” Blades said. “Cheo was a very gentle person, always had a good thing to say to people, always smiling, always happy.”
Olga Tañon said she felt “a huge sadness in her heart.”
“Today my heart is destroyed and the heart of the entire world cries over the death the great Cheo Feliciano,” she wrote on Facebook.
Daddy Yankee posted a series of photos with Feliciano on Instagram, captioning it “Great memories. RIP.”
Feliciano, a member of the Fania All Stars, was one of the most recognized salsa singers, with hits including "Una en un millón," ''Mi promesa," and "Contigo aprendi."
The 78-year-old Feliciano was alone in his Jaguar when he hit a light post before dawn in the northern suburb of Cupey. Police officer Jorge Hernandez Pena, who is overseeing investigation of the crash, said in a phone interview that Feliciano was not wearing his seatbelt.
He said it is unclear what led to the crash, adding that officials did not find any drugs or alcohol in the car.
Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla declared three days of mourning, saying, "Today, Puerto Rico lost one of its greatest voices."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.