Ramon Gonzalez, simply known as Jadiel to his fans, had spent nearly a decade making music. His cool and smooth raps about love and life led the entertainer to the spotlight that was only gaining momentum. On Saturday, he was killed after he lost control of his motorcycle in Rochester, N.Y. He was 27.
Through the years, the reggaeton artist also gained traction on the Billboard charts including “Si Tu No Estas Aqui,” “Fashion Girl” and “Sol y Arena” on Latin Rhythm Airplay. On Latin Rhythm Albums, the entertainer’s “Lo Mejor De Mi” (The Best of Me) peaked at No. 16 in 2009.
News of his death give way to tributes on social media sites. Ironically, Jadiel’s last Instagram photo was a selfie wearing his motorcycle helmet and face protector.
“I can’t believe this is your last photo,” one fan wrote on Instagram. Another person wrote, “You will always live in our hearts!”
The rapper, who was also known as El Tsunami, was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. From an early age he showed a passion for music. By his early 20s, he was already being heard on the radio and working hard to promote his music. He also collaborated with other reggaeton stars such as Don Omar and Tito El Bambino.
At the Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards in 2011, Jadiel spoke about his love for making music and the realities of a challenged economy.
“I’m very thankful and happy for all the opportunities,” Jadiel said. “I think that even though the music industry has been affected by tough economy, my plan is to continue making music and do it often.”
According to published reports, Jadiel lost control of his motorcycle and ended up in the path of an oncoming vehicle. He was pronounced dead at Strong Memorial Hospital.
A memorial service will be held tonight (May 13) at Falvo Funeral Home in Rochester, N.Y. for family and fans, according to a Falvo staffer. A service in Puerto Rico has yet to be announced.