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Celia Cruz

Age: 77

Cuban singer whose rich contralto voice, persistently upbeat songs, and effusive stage presence earned her the title of Queen of Salsa. Cuban-born, Cruz arrived in the U.S. in 1961 and became a star, performing with dozens of Latin musicians, including Johnny Pacheco and Tito Puente.

Died: Lee, N.J., July 16, 2003

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