Today the world woke up to the sad news of the loss of the beloved character who for decades delighted us with his astrological predictions, Walter Mercado. The exuberant character, famous for his picturesque looks and his phrase "above all, much, much love," died last night of kidney failure in Puerto Rico at the age of 87.
The reactions of his fans were immediate and the repercussion of the news around the world has been frankly impressive. Infinity of means have echoed the great loss that his death has caused for the Latin world and it is logical: Walter Mercado predicted the future for us since many of us have memory.
In the United States, its noticeable loss spread from east to west; From the prestigious LA Times, to the New York Times, where we could read in English: "For years, Walter Mercado kept Latino families glued to the television while predicting their future by reading the stars in dramatic ways."
TMZ referred to the sad event as "a great loss for the Hispanic community, since it has always been present in Latino homes, from the eighties, nineties, and until now."
The prestigious American network NBC reminded him this way: "This extravagant television celebrity became a well-loved person and a legendary figure in Spanish-speaking homes for several generations, throughout a career that lasted fifty years."
When talking about the death on FOX, they mention Walter Mercado's peculiar collection of capes, some with feathers, precious stones and rich embroidery, of which he had more than two thousand.
In our newsroom of People en Español, the news has really hit home. Armando Correa, Editor-in-Chief of the magazine, has reminded him in this way: “Walter Mercado has been part of People en Español since our inception. We have lost a faithful collaborator, someone whom our team, readers and users saw as another member of the family. Walter, with his predictions, always gave us hope."
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