Buena Vista Social Club Member Dies Onstage

Buena Vista Social Club violinist Pedro Depestre Gonzalez died last night (April 8) while performing at a concert in Basel, Switzerland, according to the BBC. Gonzalez, who was 55, collapsed shortly a

Buena Vista Social Club violinist Pedro Depestre Gonzalez died last night (April 8) while performing at a concert in Basel, Switzerland, according to the BBC. Gonzalez, who was 55, collapsed shortly after performing a solo during the concert by the internationally renowned Cuban band. Despite immediate attention from a doctor in the audience as well as an ambulance, Gonzalez could not be revived.

A performance scheduled for tonight in Cologne, Germany, has been canceled. The group, assembled in Cuba in 1996 with the help of American musician Ry Cooder, has been touring regularly since its self-titled album was released the following year. Several group principals have released solo albums, including 93-year-old Compay Segundo, multi-instrumentalist Eliades Ochoa, and pianist Ruben Gonzalez.

The "Buena Vista Social Club" album has reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top World Music Albums chart, the Billboard Latin 50, and the Tropical/Salsa chart.