Legendary Cuban singer Celia Cruz was in stable condition Friday after undergoing emergency surgery, her agent Omed Pardillo said. The two-time Latin Grammy winner, who lives in New Jersey, complaine

Legendary Cuban singer Celia Cruz was in stable condition Friday after undergoing emergency surgery, her agent Omed Pardillo said. The two-time Latin Grammy winner, who lives in New Jersey, complained of ill health Wednesday night and was immediately hospitalized. Pardillo said the reasons for the surgery, which took place early yesterday (Dec. 5) at New York Presbyterian Hospital, would be released after Cruz returns home.

"Thank God the operation was a complete success and right now she is in stable condition," said Pardillo. "She's moving her hand and recognized three people who were with her.

"It was Celia's request that no details be given out until she has recovered from this." Cruz is expected to remain in the hospital until the end of the week.

In the 1950s, Cruz became famous with the legendary Afrocuban group La Sonora Matancera. She moved to the U.S. in 1960, and has been credited with sparking a worldwide interest in salsa.

Cruz, who has recorded more than 70 albums, won the best salsa album prize for her Sony International set "La Negra Tiene Tumbao" at this year's Latin Grammy Awards. Among her other best-known recordings are "Yerberito Moreno" and "Que le Den Candela."


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