Who are Johnny Pacheco’s wife and children? Fania Records co-founder has died at the age of 85.
Johnny Pacheco has sadly passed away aged 85, his wife Maria Elena Pacheco, known as Cuqui, has confirmed on social media.
His death was announced on Fania Records’ Twitter profile. The label wrote in an emotional post: “It is with profound sadness we share the news of the passing of Johnny Pacheco. He was one of Fania’s founders and the man most responsible for the genre of Salsa music. He was a visionary and his music will live on eternally.”
Pacheco was taken to a hospital for pneumonia a few days ago. He passed away on Monday, February 15th.
Who was Johnny Pacheco?
Johnny Pacheco was a Dominican musician, bandleader and record producer.
He co-founded Fania Records with Jerry Masucci in 1964, the label that turned salsa music into an international sensation for audiences around the world.
Fania Records signed some of the most popular artists in Latin music, including the likes of Celia Cruz, Willie Colón, Hector Lavoe, Rubén Blades and others.
Pacheco’s legacy and contributions are significant in the Latin music industry. He received the Latin Recording Academy Music Excellence Award in 2005. Moreover, he was also nominated for several Grammy Awards and Latin Grammy Awards.
Johnny Pacheco: Wife
Pacheco’s wife is Maria Elena Pacheco, who is known as Cuqui.
There isn’t much information about how the couple met or how long they have been married as Cuqui has stayed away from the media spotlight.
She and her family took to Facebook to inform Pacheco’s fans about his death, writing:
“With great pain in my soul and a void in my heart, I inform you that teacher Johnny Pacheco with much peace passed away this afternoon. Thank you for all your prayers and all the love you always gave her. Right now we ask for privacy and prayers. Pacheco Cuqui and family.”
Johnny Pacheco: Children
Pacheco leaves behind four children.
The musician and his wife are parents to two daughters, called Norma and Joanne; and two sons, Elis and Phillip.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Pacheco’s family and friends during this time.