Salsa Singer Cheo Feliciano Dies in Car Crash

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Boricua salsa singer Cheo Feliciano died in a car crash early Thursday morning in Puerto Rico.

According to the Associated Press, Feliciano was alone in his Jaguar when he hit an electrical post just after 4 a.m. in the northern suburb of Cupey in San Juan.

NBC Miami reports that the salsa great died on impact following the 4:13 a.m. crash. Police inspectors told Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia that Feliciano was not wearing a seat belt.

Last year, Feliciano had been treated for cancer and pneumonia. In 2008, he was honored with the Latin Grammy Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award.

The salsa crooner was 78 and is survived by by his wife, Coco Feliciano, and four sons.

Our condolences to his family and friends. May he R.I.P.

UPDATE: Following the news of Cheo Feliciano's death, Marc Anthony releases a statement with his reaction. Read what Anthony had to say below:

"Just heard the sad news. Today we lost one of the great voices and undoubtedly one of the giants of our musical legacy. My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. We will always remember you. Rest in peace Cheo."

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