Santo Domingo (EFE) .— The Office of the Mayor of the National District, the center of the Dominican capital, paid tribute yesterday to the late Merenguero Johnny Ventura, who knew how to combine his successful artistic career with politics and who was in charge between 1998 and 2002 City Council.
The remains of the veteran artist, who died on Wednesday at the age of 81, were moved to the mayor’s office and the Chamber of Deputies on the second day of a funeral held in his honor, hailing him as a former mayor and former congressman. And it will end today with a popular act at the Palacio de los Deportes in Santo Domingo, before burial also in the Dominican capital.
While the capital’s mayor Carolina Mejia and councilors stood guard around the coffin, a fire department music band performed some of Ventura’s popular songs, considered a legend and very popular in Latin America.
Tributes were attended by the country’s former president Hipólito Mejia (2000–2004) and former Dominican player David Ortiz.
“On behalf of the City of Santo Domingo, we offer our former Mayor Juan de Dios Ventura Soriano, a loving farewell to Johnny. With this his home, along with your family, councilors and councillors, we remember him and his great legacy Appreciate it,” said Carolina Mejia.
The official said that Johnny Ventura, singer, writer, broadcaster, politician, lawyer, businessman and known for songs such as “La Gripadera”, was one of the “most admired” Dominicans.
Before this ceremony, Ventura’s remains were taken to the Chamber of Deputies.