Singer Ibrahim Ferrer dead at age 78

HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Septuagenarian singer Ibrahim Ferrer, a leading voice with the hugely popular Buena Vista Social Club of vintage Cuban performers, died Saturday, recording industry officials here said. He was 78.

The Montuno production company did not give a cause of death Saturday night when confirming Ferrer’s death earlier in the day.

Ferrer’s colleagues said he suffered from emphysema in recent years and was feeling ill earlier in the week during a flight home from Europe. (more..)