Veteran Latin music executive Ricky Correoso died Friday (July 30) in Miami after a long fight with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 57 years old.

Veteran Latin music executive Ricky Correoso died Friday (July 30) in Miami after a long fight with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 57 years old.

Correoso, whose given name was Ricardo Tomás Correoso, was most recently VP of marketing for Universal Music Latino. He left the post due to his illness.

A fixture in the Latin music scene, Correoso worked in various capacities at multiple labels during his 35-year career.

Born in Camaguey, Cuba, Correoso moved to the United States when he was 13. He dropped out of high school and completed duty with the U.S. National Guard before venturing into the music business.

His first entertainment job was as radio host for local station "La Fabulosa" (WFAB). Correoso would later work at several labels, including RCA, TH Rodven and A&M, and eventually became the manager for tropical star Luis Enrique.

Following Enrique's success, Correoso went to work for the singer's label, Sony Music, as head of Central American operations, based in Costa Rica. He was later appointed managing director of Sony Music Venezuela and later VP of business development, Latin America, for Sony Music International.