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All Of The People We Were Forced To Say ‘Goodbye’ To In 2019, But Will Never Forget

When Walter Mercado, a Pisces, died.

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Latinos were in disbelief to learn that the infamous Puerto Rican astrologer, Walter Mercado, died, at age 87, in November. For more than 50 years, Mercado’s televised passion for astrological predictions, refusal to conform to gender roles, and mucho, mucho amor for his fans has secured a beloved space in the Latino zeitgeist. Whether your memory of Mercado was hearing your mom yell, “Callaté!” when his segment aired or memorizing your horoscope for the following day, every day, Mercado’s daily presence on your living room TV made him part of the family.

According to a biography published by Puerto Rico’s Foundation for Popular Culture, Mercado was born on March 9, 1932, on a ship traveling from Spain to Puerto Rico. He grew up in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where he later began his career in Puerto Rican telenovelas. Though his fame grew to all of Latin America, Mercado largely remained in Puerto Rico throughout his life.

The astrological legend Walter Mercado gifted us decades of accurate and life-changing predictions.

When a Guatemalan teen died in Border Patrol Custody.

When 16-year-old Guatemalan Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez died six days after arriving at South Texas processing center, Customs and Border Protection released their version of events. Then, an uncovered ProPublica video revealed a different version. When Carlos died in May, acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner John Sanders said an agent found Carlos “unresponsive” after checking on him. However, ProPublica acquired a video of Carlos’ last hours that dispute he was provided with adequate healthcare. Carlos became the sixth migrant under 18 years old to die in federal custody under the Trump administration, according to the New York Times. 

San Diego State University Student Dies After Being Hospitalized Following Frat Party

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In November of this year, San Diego State University announced that freshman student Dylan Hernandez died over the weekend of November 12th. Hernandez, 19, reportedly attended a ‘fraternity event’ the Wednesday night before his death. By Thursday morning, Hernandez’s body “was found pulseless and apneic by his roommate in their dorm room,” according to San Diego’s Medical Examiner’s report. Hernandez was transported to Alvarado Hospital and he died Sunday, surrounded by family from his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. All 14 fraternities affiliated with San Diego State University (SDSU) were placed on suspension upon Hernandez’s hospitalization. A GoFundMe for funeral and memorial expenses raised nearly $29k at the time of mitú‘s publication of the story.

Mexican superstar José José’s

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Known for his melancholic love ballads, Mexican crooner José José left behind a legacy of music that captivated audiences with his baritone voice and lyric tenor. In 2017, José announced he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. On September 28, the legend passed away in Florida. 

The Mexican Ministry of Culture announced his death saying, “We are sorry for the passing of singer José Rómulo Sosa, better known as José José of the prince of the song. Since the beginning of his career, the singer of El Triste became one of most beloved voices in Mexico. Rest in Peace.”

The singer and songwriter, who has been a beloved musical staple in the Spanish-speaking world since the 1970s, passed away this weekend.

When Latino legend Camilo Sesto  Latin passed away at 72 years old.

Born Camilo Blanes Cortés in Alcoy, Spain, Sesto has sold over 180 million records worldwide over the span of his 40-year career. Known for his romantic rock ballads, Sesto succumbed to heart failure on Sunday. He was 72 years old. Celebrities and fans alike mourned the loss of the artist on social media. 

When Cameron Boyce’s death rocked the entertainment world.

The star of the Disney Channel franchise Descendants and the television series Jessie died on July 6.

When Edith González passed way from cancer.

While fans hoped the rumors of her death that swirled in June were false (it wouldn’t be the first time a fake death started trending on Twitter), beloved Mexican actress Edith González, who famously battled cancer, died.

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