The Puerto Rican music industry mourns the loss of one of its legendary artists. Tito Rojas, also known as “El Gallo Salsero”, died at the age of 65 from a suspected heart attack in the Tejus neighborhood of Humacao, Puerto Rico.
According to the reports, the beloved salsa star was found on Dec 26, 2020, lying on the floor of a balcony of a residence. Relatives called the Medics but it’s too late when they arrived and declared him dead afterward.
Since 1972, Rojas has shown great showmanship in his craft as a salsa singer and songwriter. He had released 25 albums throughout his career. Some of his notable recordings are Condename (1992). Which gave way to his nomination for Tropical Album of the Year and Tropical Male Artist of the Year in 1993.
The Fame of Tito Rojas
This is just the start. In 1995, the lead single of the album, “Esperándote” (“Waiting for You”) hit the top spot on the Billboard Tropical Airplay chart. Followed by another hit song in 1999 with “Por Mujeres Como Tú” from the album “Alegrias y Penas”. Throughout his career, he was also in multiple nominations for Latin Grammy Awards for the Best Salsa Album.
His last performance for his supporters was the Christmas special, “Canta Gallo, Canta en Navidad”. It was a 30-minute special performance with his band on YouTube with the best danceable hits for all.
With his sudden death, fellow artists and fans expressed their grief on social media upon hearing the news. Even Mayor Luis Raúl Sánchez of Humacao declared five days of mourning in memories of Rojas.
“I contacted a family spokesperson to offer and make available the facilities of the Marcelo Trujillo Panisse Coliseum for the wake of our friend and Humacaeño Tito Rojas,” Luis said.
His remains are now at the Pax Christi Cemetery in Humacao, Puerto Rico.