Puerto Rican salsa singer who released the albums Solista Pero No Solo and Voy Pa' Encima. He was also known as El Papá de la Salsa.
He joined a local band called The Charlie Lopez Orchestra and began singing salsa songs.
He helped blaze the trail that artists such as Lalo Rodrgiuez, Eddie Santiago, and Tito Rojas would follow.
He was survived by his brothers Viti and Nelson Ruiz, and his wife.
He and Marc Anthony are both famous salsa singers.