Syko 'El Terror,' Reggaeton Songwriter & Artist, Dies at 33

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Christian Ramos, aka Syko El Terror.

Latin urban songwriter and artist Christian Ramos, better known as Syko “El Terror,” was buried Sunday in Puerto Rico following his sudden death last week. Ramos -- who co-wrote major Latin hits including Don Omar’s “Hasta que salga el sol” -- died in his sleep in his Orlando home on Dec. 27. He was 33 years old.

At the time of his death, Ramos had credits on current hits by Antonio Barullo (“Disfruta la vida,” featuring J Balvin and Flex), Enrique Iglesias (“De noche y de día” featuring Yandel and Juan Magán) and on two tracks on Yandel’s current album, Dangerous.

Syko also collaborated with many Puerto Rican reggaeton acts, including Daddy Yankee, Arcangel, Natti Natasha and Kendo Kaponi.

But Ramos’ collaborations with Don Omar were no doubt his most successful, spanning many years and many albums. They included “Zumba,” which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay, Latin Pop and Latin Rhythm airplay charts, and, of course, “Hasta que salga el sol,” a massive hit that was No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart and won a Latin Grammy for best urban song in 2013.

“Rest in peace my brother,” Don Omar tweeted following Ramos’ death.

Ramos’ songs were a mix of lyricism and toughness; he wrote often about inspiration and career and also about life’s hard knocks. But he had no problem churning out danceable hits when needed. At the time of his death, he was signed as a songwriter to Warner/Chappell.

Sources close to the artist say he died as a result of sleep apnea, which he had long suffered from. His body was flown from Orlando to San Juan, where he was buried Sunday.

Ramos is survived by his wife Christine and by daughters Thalialyz Ramos, 6, and Zylailah Ramos, 3.

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