Jorge Casas, Gloria Estefan's Musical Director, Dies at 69

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Grammy Award winner Jorge Casas has died at age 68. The bass player was born in Havana, Cuba, and since 1986 he was the regular bassist, musical director and producer for the Miami Sound Machine and for Gloria Estefan, who annonced Casas' death on social media Thursday (Jan. 31).

“It is with deep sadness that I share with you the passing of Jorge Casas, my friend, my musical director of 34 years, my brother,” Estefan wrote on Instagram. “He passed peacefully in his sleep after a beautiful night with his family while on a one week hiatus from his work family, the cast and crew of On Your Feet! We are all mourning the loss of this amazing human being that enriched our lives and was the friend that everyone would want in their corner.”

Casas was 69 years old. There were no further details on his cause of death at press time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It is with deep sadness that I share with you the passing of Jorge Casas, my friend, my musical director of 34 years, my brother. He passed peacefully in his sleep after a beautiful night with his family while on a one week hiatus from his work family, the cast and crew of @onyourfeetbway and we are all mourning the loss of this amazing human being that enriched our lives and was the friend that everyone would want in their corner. It’s a testament to the man Jorge was that, 30 years after this picture was taken of him holding the Queen of Spades in honor of our infamous band Hearts games, he was still working with the four people closest to him in this picture, @clayostwald, #mikescaglione #teddymulet and me. It’s also fitting that Jorge, being the world’s greatest Beatles fan, left us on the anniversary of their final performance. Safe travels, @fringe21 you will be forever loved and never forgotten! Our sincerest condolences to his beloved family, very especially his wife Gina, daughter, Katie and his son Dylan. I love you, Jorgini, Rest In Peace my friend...----------

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