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Renowned Singer-Songwriter Suffers Heart Attack During NYC Performance

Juan Carlos Formell, a Grammy-nominated Cuban singer-songwriter, died at 59-years-old.

The renowned musician died after suffering a heart attack onstage during his performance at New York City’s Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on May 26th.


“Juan Carlos Formell had a successful career as a solo artist before taking over as bass player for his father in Los Van Van. He died after suffering a heart attack during a performance,” according to New York Times Arts.

Daily Mail reported:

Formell, who was the son of musical legend Juan Formell, was nominated for a Grammy in 2000 for his debut album ‘Songs from a Little Blue House.’

He fled from Cuba and moved to New York in 1993, and following his father Juan Formell’s death in 2014, he took over as the bassist in his Afro-Cuban band, Los Van Van.

Los Van Van’s drummer is his brother Samuel, his sister Vanessa is on vocals.

They were performing in the Bronx when he suddenly wandered off, and collapsed near a curtain at the back of the stage after suffering from a heart attack.

The band reportedly took about a half an hour break before informing the audience of Formell’s medical emergency.

They would later finish the set.

HITC added:

Juan Carlos Formell was on tour with his band, Los Van Van, when he passed away. It was reported that the late musician died on Friday night (May 26) after suffering a heart attack. Formell was performing on stage Friday night with Los Van Van in New York City. Midway through the performance, Formell started to collapse, a distressing scene which was captured on video by fans in the audience. He was carried off the side of the stage while the majority of the band, unaware of the disturbing events behind them, continued to perform.


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