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dead hispanic singers that were tragic and You Won’t Forget

When death comes to soon or unexpectedly, it’s hard to cope with the memories and figures that are taken away. Here are 23 influential Latino deaths, from singers and actors, to athletes and activists that were taken from the world way too soon.

1. Selena Quintanilla

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The Tejano Grammy winner remains one of the best selling artists of all time even years after her death. To fans she was known as “The Queen of Tejano Music”, sadly her success was stopped short when she met an untimely death at the hands of a disgruntled former president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar who shot her.  Gun violence man.

2.  Héctor Lavoe “El Cantante de los Cantantes”

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Héctor Lavoe AKA “El Rockero de la Salsa” jumped off the ninth floor of the Regency Hotel Condado in Puerto Rico. But his life didn’t end there, over the years his health deteriorated due to  AIDS. He died on June 29, 1993 in New York City.

3. Freddy Prinze

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Prinze battled depression for years before he took his own life. On January 28, 1977 at the pique of his success on Chico and The Man, the 22 year old actor shot himself in front of his manager.

4. Hernán Gaviria

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The soccer star who played midfielder for the Colombian national team took part in n both the 1992 Summer Olympics and the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the US. On October 24th, 2002, while practicing with his team Gaviria was struck by lightning and killed instantly.

5. Víctor Yturbide

Víctor Yturbe was a Mexican singer lovingly  known by fans as “El Pirulí.” On November 28, 1987 the musician was murdered outside of his own home in Atizapan de Zaragoza. While entering the door to his home, the actor was shot by an unknown killer.

6. Nino Bravo

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Bravo’s voice remains commemorated and listened to even in the years that have passed since his death. In 1973 the then 28 year old was involved in an accident 62 miles southeast of Madrid. Bravo died on his way to the hospital from his injuries.

7. Facundo Cabral

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Facundo Cabral was a singer and songwriter from Argentina. While touring in Guatemala City he was shot and killed on July 9, 2011. The murder was found to be “a planned attack.”

8. Pedro Infante

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As one of Mexicos most celebrated actors and singers of all times, Infante’s death was one that completely shook the community. The passionate aviator had been co-piloting an aircraft when it crashed only five minutes after it took off.

9. Jenni Rivera

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Another Latina star  taken too soon, Rivera was a wildly successful singer, actress and entrepreneur. At the age of 43 the actress and singer had been on a flight en route to Toluca when it crashed.

10. Carlos Gardel

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Perhaps the most prominent figure in tango, Gardel was a singer and musician. He also died in a tragic plane crash, this one in Colombia.

11. Marielle Franco

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The Brazilian pelican and human rights activist was fierce fighter for feminism and human rights. In 2018, the politician had been driving in a car on her way to deliver a speech when her car was shot multiple times.

12. Miguel Fuentes

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The Puerto Rican baseball pitcher played professionally for the former MLB team the Seattle Pilots. During the Winter League, Fuentes was in Puerto Rico and found himself caught up in an altercation at a bar in Loiza Aldea. After being shot three times the player later died from his wounds at a nearby hospital.

13. Néstor Chávez

Néstor Chávez pitched for the Giants in 1967 and was considered to be one of the most promising pitchers in the Giants organization.  On March 16, 1969, Chávez was on a flight headed to the United States for the minors when the plane, Viasa Flight 742, struck multiple power lines on take off. Eighty-four people onboard were killed.

14. Cesar Chavez

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Cesar Chavez died over 20 years ago but to this day remains one of the most well known Latinos in history. The labor rights fighter died in 1993 due to unknown natural causes.

15. Ramon Novarro

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The Mexican stage and television actor had a career in silent films that made him a leading man in top box office attractions. In 1968 the actor was murdered by two brothers Paul (22) and Tom (17) Ferguson at his home in Laurel Canyon. Convinced the actor had a large sum of money on his estate, the two tortured Navarro for hours to convince him to reveal where the money was hidden. Novaro died of asphyxiation.

15. José Oliva

José Oliva was the St. Louis Cardinals thid baseman from 1994 to 1995. The Dominican was killed in 1997 when his car overturned and hit a tree.

16. Fernando Pascoal Neves

Fernando Pascoal Neves a.k.a. “Pavão” played a central midfielder for the F.C. Porto a Portuguese club. Pavão was in the middle of a match against Setubal in 1973, when he passed to his teammate and collapsed to the ground.  He never got up and his death was ruled a heart attack.

17. Geremi González

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The Venezuelan pitcher was a successful pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, and Milwaukee Brewers. In May 25, 2008, he was struck by lightning while visiting Punta Palma, Zulia.

18. Eva Perón

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The controversial and beloved figure from Argentina. Eva died at 33 due to complications from a hysterectomy.

19. Joaqquim Agostinho

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Joaqquim Agostinho was a Portuguese cyclists. On May 10, 1984, Agostinho was 400 meters away from taking first place at the Tour of the Algarve. Less than 100 meters to the finish line, a dog ran onto the course and collided with the cyclist. Agostinho (who was not wearing a helmet) flew off of his bicycle and hit his head on pavement. The cyclist got to his feet, and finished the race on his bicycle, but hours later he slipped into a coma and never woke up.

20. Octaviano Larrazolo

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The U.S. first Latino senator was born in 1859 in Allende, Mexico. Soon after taking office he fell ill and died just six months into his term.

21. Las Mariposas

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Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa Mirabal were three sisters who were activists against the Rafael Truijilo dictatorship. They were assassinated on November 25, 1960.


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Family Of Man Who Died From Taco Eating Contest Sue Fresno Grizzlies Owner

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Family Of Man Who Died From Taco Eating Contest Sue Fresno Grizzlies Owner

Dana Hutchings, 41, entered a taco eating contest during a Fresno Grizzlies game in 2019. He choked and died during the contest and now his son has filed a lawsuit against the baseball team.

The son of a man who died from a taco eating contest is suing for wrongful death.

Dana Hutchings, 41, died after choking during a taco eating contest during a Fresno Grizzlies game. His son has filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that the event organizers were not equipped to host the event. Furthermore, the lawsuit claims that the organizers failed to provide a medical response team.

“People say all the time he knew what he was getting into, well clearly he didn’t,” Martin Taleisnik, an attorney representing Hutchings’ son, Marshall told CBS17.

Marshall and his attorney are pushing back at the notion that Dana should have known better.

People have sounded off on social media criticizing the family for filing the lawsuit. Yet, the family and their attorney are calling attention to the lack of information given to contestants.

“If you don’t know all the pitfalls, how can you truly be consenting and participating freely and voluntarily? It’s a risk that resulted in a major loss to Marshall,” Taleisnik told CBS17.

Dana’s family is seeking a monetary settlement from the Fresno Grizzlies owners.

The wrongful death lawsuit names Fresno Sports and Events as the responsible party. The lawsuit also notes that alcohol was made available to contestants and added to the likelihood of the tragedy.

“We are devastated to learn that the fan that received medical attention following an event at Tuesday evening’s game has passed away. The Fresno Grizzlies extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family of Mr. Hutchings,” a statement from the Fresno Grizzlies read after the death in 2019. “The safety and security of our fans is our highest priority. We will work closely with local authorities and provide any helpful information that is requested.”

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Woman Who Watched Her Mother Die Before Her Eyes While At Sea As A 9-Year-Old Reunited With Her Rescuers

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Woman Who Watched Her Mother Die Before Her Eyes While At Sea As A 9-Year-Old Reunited With Her Rescuers

May 20, 1986, started out for Desireé Rodriguez and her family as an idyllic morning.

At the time, Desireé’s father (a 30-year-old construction worker by the name of Thomas Rodriguez) had taken her, her mother, and sister as well an aunt and uncle out to Catalina Island for a day of sailing. The plan was to go out, fish, and bask in the summer sun before heading back home. In the evening, just as they were headed home the family was impacted by a dense fog. Desireé and her 5-year-old sister Trisha awoke from a nap on the boat to calls from her father to abandon ship and within minutes the entire family was lost at sea. Out in the water and away from their boat that had capsized.

 The family of six was stranded in the chilly Pacific water for hours and Desireé watched as her father first went to swim for rescue and never returned. In the hours that slowly stretched by Desireé witnessed the death of her sister, her mother, her uncle and then her aunt.

Decades have passed since her family’s accident but Desireé has lived to tell of the story thanks to the two men who rescued her.

In a recent piece by The New York times, Desireé was reunited with the two men who were remarkably able to save her after she spent a nightmarish 20 hours in the ocean.

Only 9-years-old at the time of the tragic events, Desireé recalls believing that her father would return with help when he first swam away from the boat. “My dad was like the superhero to me. I actually thought he would get help,” Desireé explained before calling the desperate hours that followed. After watching her family members die, she found herself all alone.

“At that point, I just kind of made the decision, I need to get away from this boat,” Desireé recalled to the New York Times. “I need to swim away, somewhere else. … Where? I don’t know.”

Just when Desireé decided to give up hope, the skipper of a commercial sportfishing boat spotted her orange life jacket in the water.

The boat’s first officer leapt into the water and fished Desireé out of the water. Desireé was ultimately transported back to San Pedro and never saw her rescuers again.

“I don’t think I would have lived, I’ll be honest with you. I think at that point, I was just kind of done,” Desireé explained in a recent interview about the incident. According to an article at the time that described the incident, Desireé had suffered no major physical injuries and was “in good spirits.” She left the hospital in San Pedro the next time.

“I had even hoped that my dad did make it somewhere,” Desireé explained of her thinking of the time. “Maybe he is living on an island and just got amnesia and didn’t know that he has a family. You know, you always have hope. But you get older, and reality sets in, and you’re like, OK. He didn’t make it.”

Paul Strasser and Mark Pisano, the two men who rescued her, ultimately earned commemorative plaques for their bravery from Mayor Tom Bradley. Desireé Rodriguez, now Desireé Campuzano, was adopted by another aunt and uncle who raised her. She went onto attend junior college in Fullerton, built herself a career in criminal justice, married and had a son. Still, she always wondered what had happened to the men who saved her.

It wasn’t until the COVID-19 pandemic that Strasser and Pisano came into contact with Philip Friedman who launched a podcast about his hobby as a fisherman.

“Friedman Adventures” which launched this past December, shares incredible stories from fishermen. Ine one episode Pisano spoke about the 1986 rescue.

“It’s kind of a weird story, kind of like there are some supernatural qualities,” Pisano explained of the experience on the podcast.

Friedman felt motivated to unite the two rescuers and Desireé. Ultimately a friend of Desireé’s heard the episode when it aired and made the connection. He reached out to Desireé and then Friedman and ultimately she and her rescuers were reunited.

“I was nervous at first,” Desireé said of meeting Strasser and Pisano “just seeing [the] guys and putting kind of finalization to the ‘what happened.’” The three were finally reunited during another episode of the podcast.

“I feel like she’s sort of our daughter, in a way, because we brought her back to life,” Strasser said during their reunion. “Even though we never knew each other.”

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