Husband of singer Celia Cruz who worked behind the scenes in the music industry.
He was a trumpeter with Sonora Matancera when Cruz joined as a back-up singer.
He used a knife to remove his wife's tumor personally and publicly wished her a speedy recovery from cancer.
He was married to Celia Cruz for almost 41 years before she succumbed to cancer.
After Celia Cruz's death, he authorized several tribute projects in her memory, including a CD and a movie.