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In the Dominican Republic and abroad, Dominicans tuned in to Johnny Ventura’s catchy merengues to celebrate the legacy of the legendary artist. President Luis Abinader issued Decree 466-21, declaring three days of official mourning on 29, 30 and 31 July. The national flag will be flown at half-mast
Ventura was 81 years old, yet he was full of life to the end of his days. He commanded any stage. Dominicans thought there would be Johnny Ventura for long.
He had served as deputy for the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD) from 1990-1998 and as mayor of Santo Domingo (1998-2002). But he was always Johnny Ventura, the merengue star.
He died on 28 July 2021 of a massive heart attack. He was in Santiago working on a musical production. Medics at the Union Medica where he was taken to the hospital’s emergency were not able to revive him.
Ventura had won all the awards for...