SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) .- Uno de los miembros fundadores del conocido El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico ha fallecido. La salsa está de luto.

Una hija de Eddie Pérez dijo que murió el viernes en un hospital de Puerto Rico consecuencia de una infección sanguínea posterior a la amputación de una pierna.

Mariel Pérez detalló que su padre había debutado a la edad de 13 años y que había tocado el saxofón durante más de 60 años. No dijo la edad de Pérez al fallecer y las llamadas a la oficina del grupo no fueron contestados.

El sobrenombre de Pérez era La Bala y era conocido porque andes de tocar siempre sacudía su hombro izquierdo.

Era uno de los dos miembros originales sobrevivientes de la agrupación salsera que el año pasado había celebrado 50 años de existencia.

El Gran Combo sacó más de 50 discos y ganó un Grammy en 2003 por el Mejor Álbum Tropical.

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