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They say the last goodbye to Johnny Ventura

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They say the last goodbye to Johnny Ventura

SANTO DOMINGO (EFE) .— Hundreds of people marched yesterday in the city of Santo Domingo before the coffin that holds the remains of the Dominican merengue player Johnny Ventura, one of the country’s best-known artists in the world, and who died last Wednesday at the 81 years, victim of a fulminant heart attack.

Ventura was buried yesterday, after the funeral procession ran through several streets in the capital’s Villa Juana sector, where the interpreter was born.

“The country was not prepared for the departure of Don Johnny Ventura, for that reason they were true days of mourning and pain for the people and the national and international artistic class; We mourn him because we loved him and we thank him for the joy he gave his people, ”said the Dominican president, Luis Abinader, who came accompanied by his wife, Raquel Arbaje.

The ruler merged into a long embrace with Ventura’s widow, Josefina Flores, who was crying with her family.

“Johnny was good at everything, we will follow his legacy, his example (…) peace to his remains and we will always remember him with a smile and joy of those he left us, the Dominican people will always remember you and will always follow in your footsteps, Goodbye Johnny Ventura, ”said the president, who later became an honor guard with his wife.

One of the most emotional moments of the ceremony occurred when Ventura’s son, also the singer Jandy Ventura, performed several of the meringues that most identified the deceased artist, while the widow approached the body to cry inconsolably.

“If I am born again”, “I am Dominican” and “Merenguero hasta la tambora” sounded under the chords of Johnny’s orchestra causing the overwhelmed emotion of family and guests.

The Puerto Rican singer Gilberto Santa Rosa, the Aruban Robert Jandor, the Haitian Félix Cumbé and the Dominicans Ramón Orlando, Peña Suazo, Kinito Méndez, Manny Cruz, Bonny Cepeda, Jossie Esteban, Miriam Cruz, Michel and Manny Cruz, were among the artists who participated in the ceremony.

Cruz sang the song “Qué rico es el merengue”, an unpublished song in that rhythm that he recorded with Johnny Ventura a short time ago and which they planned to release in the next few days.

“When I was a child I used to imitate the idol that we all loved, he was a great friend who opened the doors of his house and his family to me. He was the first to bring me to this country as a solo artist. I am here representing Puerto Rico, of all salsa singers, always Juan de Dios, as I liked to call him ”, expressed Santa Rosa.

A man who identified himself as “Ventura’s number one fan” said he was arriving at the scene from his native Fantino carrying a collection of photos of Johnny and an acetate record.

“He’s my artist, he’s ours, glory to God, we all wanted him, that’s why I’m here to say goodbye,” he said.

Singer Miriam Cruz assured that Ventura always supported her in her career from the beginning when she told her in a recording studio that “everything you sing you do well, you are an angel.”

The funerals concluded with a medley of Johnny songs performed by his son, who claimed that his father “is not going to die.”

“He really wanted to continue recording music, I’m going to put an end to it, if God allows me, I’m not going to take advantage of my father’s death, but I’m not going to stop all his people from continuing to listen to his music. ”Said Jandy Ventura.

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The Palacio de los Deportes, in Santo Domingo, was the place chosen for the popular funeral of the singer, composer, businessman, former deputy and former mayor of the capital of the Dominican Republic.

Thanks Jandy Ventura

“My dad asked me not to cry today and I obey him even in death (…) thanks to all living beings who at some point danced or sang a song from my dad, to everyone who supported him throughout his career, thanks to this, his family, who had to put up with all the times he went out to do different things, “said Jandy Ventura after performing several songs by Johnny Ventura.