Havana • Cuban musician Juan Formell, who for more than four decades was the driving force behind the big band salsa orchestra Los Van Van, died Thursday. He was 71.
An anchor on Cuban state television said Formell passed "suddenly" but did not give a cause of death.
Formell received a Latin Grammy in 2013 for excellence, on top of another one in 1999 recognizing the album "Llego ... Los Van Van."
"My life has been entirely dedicated to music and only makes sense when people make it theirs and enjoy it," he said upon receiving the award last year.