Last weekend at two sold out concerts in his native Puerto Rico, the final dates of his fall tour, Draco Rosa reunited with an all-star line-up that including Juan Luis Guerra, Ricky Martin and others who collaborated on the hit album “Vida.”
Rosa’s famous friends were also there in support back in 2011, when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
“Vida” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums and was a professional and personal triumph: Rosa was cancer-free when it was released in March of this year. The album went on to win the 2013 Latin Grammy Album of the Year, and is nominated for a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album.
Rosa’s health, however, has since taken a turn. “Draco now faces a new challenge,” Rosa’s manager Angelo Medina said in a statement Monday, revealing that the cancer had returned two months ago.
“I have to say that the courage and will Draco has is out-of-this-world. He also kept me in silence, even being as my own child, he wanted his encounter with people to be natural and not be evaluated as a person who had a condition. He told me the night of the Latin Grammys and I became an accomplice of his silence, because of his love for the art and wanting to give these concerts in Puerto Rico.”
Medina added that the artist’s doctors are optimistic that Draco will beat cancer again.
“Draco is now taking time for advanced treatments and will continue with his commitments in Mexico, the U.S. and his ongoing work on a new album,” he said.