TV producer Ricardo Peña, who for more than 30 years executive-produced Venezuela's variety show "Súper Sábado Sensacional," died Tuesday. According to published reports, the 68-year-old died of a heart attack in his home after taping a segment of the show.
Under Peña, a veteran of telenovelas as well as reality contests in the vein
of "Dancing With the Stars," the show has featured musical guests from The Jackson Five to Celia Cruz to Juanes and Shakira.
Puerto Rican artist Olga Tañón, who performs frequently in Venezuela, said in a statement, "You opened the doors to many artists and gave us the opportunity to take the stage on one of the most important television shows on the continent. I'll never forget you, Ricardo."
Before his death, Peña was reportedly working on producing a Venezuelan version of "America's Got Talent." "Súper Sábado Sensacional" is produced by Venevision and airs in the U.S. on Univision.