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Colombian salsa great Arroyo dies at 55

By the CNN Wire Staff
A recent picture released by Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, of Alvaro Jose Arroyo, also known as "El Joe".
A recent picture released by Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, of Alvaro Jose Arroyo, also known as "El Joe".
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • He was being treated for several health complications, his family said
  • Arroyo was to receive the Latin Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Colombian president: His death is "a great loss for music and for Colombia"
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(CNN) -- Colombian salsa great Alvaro Jose Arroyo, known as Joe Arroyo, died Tuesday morning at a hospital where he was being treated for several health complications, his family said.

Arroyo, 55, had been hospitalized since June 27 at a clinic in Baranquilla, Colombia.

On the day of his death, it was announced that he was to be among the recipients of the Latin Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos mourned the loss, calling it on his Twitter account "a great loss for music and for Colombia."