Celia Cruz is known as one of the most popular salsa performers of all time. The Cuban superstar would have turned 90 today and many continue to idolize her music and remember her as the vibrant and overjoyous woman that always brought a smile to their faces.
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The Afro-Cuban singer from Havana, Cuba died in 2003 after battle with brain cancer. Celia was an amazing performer, always strutting in flamoboyant gowns, super high heels and different colored wigs. Offstage, the queen of salsa was modest and always beaming with joy.
“When people hear me sing, I want them to be happy, happy, happy,” Cruz said during an interview with People Magazine. Her message was always of happiness, even when she was battling breast and brain cancer. Due to her health issues, she had fertility problems and never was able to have any children with her beloved Pedro Knight, whom she was married to for 41 years.