These are bitter hours for Wilfredo Vargas. In less than seven days, the famous Latin Grammy-winning Dominican musician has lost two friends and colleagues who worked in the world of Merengue music.
First, the death of Pastro Fausto Arias, brother-in-law of his colleague, also from Meringue, Milly Quezada, occurred. And this Thursday it has been revealed that Francis Oliver, one of his former collaborators, has passed away. Shockingly, both succumbed to the onslaught of the fearsome coronavirus and both died on American soil.
"Part of life is dying, and these are the difficult times we must all inevitably go through!
I am touched, this pandemic gains another valuable talent, our colleague has started his departure, "Vargas expressed in his networks." Francis Oliver. You were part of our history belonging to the orchestra in the 90's and you marked your presence with discipline and your talent ".
According to Listin Diario in the Dominican Republic, Oliver died last Tuesday, but it was until this Thursday that the news was released by friends and collaborators. The musician had diabetes and had been residing in New York for decades, where his death occurred.
A video with the interpreter of songs like "Learn to dream", "El milloncito" and "Por Dios que no". Oliver also participated along with Wilfrido Vargas in the song "El baile del perrito".
At the beginning of the week, Vargas regretted the departure of Pastor Arias, brother of Milly Quezada and also a merengue musician a few years ago:
COVID-19 has been mad at meringues. In March Wilfredo Vargas posted multiple messages to report on the health of the great Johnny Ventura, perhaps the most famous Dominican musician in the genre, who fell ill with the coronavirus. Fortunately, everything indicates that he has come out of the disease:
The late Francis Oliver occupies a prominent place in the music of Queréyana. He held a position in multiple groups such as Cuco Valoy and Wilfrido Vargas and La Artillería, as well as the Primitivo Santos orchestra.
Sadly, the musician joins the ranks of celebrities who have succumbed to the respiratory illness of the coronavirus and its complications. Rest in peace.