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Jerry González Dies at 69

The trumpeter and conguero played a crucial role in the cross-pollinating of jazz and Latin traditions

Jerry Gonzalez
Jerry Gonzalez

Jerry González, a jazz trumpeter and conguero who was a key figure in the New York Latin music renaissance of the 1970s and beyond, died in the early hours of Monday, Oct. 1, at San Carlos Clinical Hospital in Madrid, Spain. He was 69.

According to El País and El Mundo, Spain’s two largest newspapers, González suffered a heart attack caused by smoke inhalation after a midnight fire broke out in his home on Calle Jesús y María in Madrid. Police rescued González and attempted resuscitation, but he was already in critical condition when he transferred to San Carlos, where he died a few hours later.

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