Santo Domingo (EFE) . – Juan Luis Guerra, Eddie Palmeri and Hector Acosta “El Torito” are among artists who have expressed regret over the death of Merengue player Johnny Ventura after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday.
The death of “El Rey del Merengue” also caused a reaction from personalities from other regions, such as former Dominican President Lionel Fernández and the country’s first lady, Raquel Arbaje.
“For your music and legacy, your smile and example, and for getting ready every morning and teaching us all what a merengue is!!! THANKS DON JOHNNY!!”, Juan Luis Guerra wrote on his Twitter account .
American pianist and Puerto Rican-born composer Palmieri also used the social network to express his grief over Ventura’s death.
“May my friend Johnny Ventura, King of Merengue, “Caballo Mayor” and the Pride of the Dominican Republic rest in peace. My condolences to his family,” he wrote.
Merenguero and Dominican Senator Acosta said on their Twitter account, “God knows what I wanted from Johnny Ventura. A huge part of my life went with him. He was the No. 1 fan of my talent. God be with you Papa Ventura”.
For his part, former governor Fernández said he was “shocked” by the death of the artist, whom he called his “admired friend and companion” and described as “the glory of Merengue, an extraordinary human being and tireless defender of the Constitution”. Did. “
Ventura died at the age of 81 in a clinic in Santiago (Dominican) after suffering a heart attack.