Former boy band member of Menudo, Ray Reyes has reportedly died at age 51. Reyes’ brother Raul shared the heartbreaking news of his passing on Saturday, May 1.
Puerto Rican native Ray Reyes passed away on April 30. Ray’s sibling Raul shared the news on Facebook as he penned a heartfelt message for his fans.
"Dear Friends, Family, and FANS, With enormous pain in my soul, I inform you that my beloved Brother Ray Reyes passed away," Raul wrote.
Ray Reyes performs at James L Knight Center on July 23, 2011 in Miami, Florida | Photo: Getty Images
He urged his fans to give the family time to digest the overbearing news and to keep them in their prayers, especially their mother, who happens to be delicate.
Raul also asked fans to not forget his brother's legacy and shared people needed to unite and to never stop expressing the love and affection that they possess for their neighbor. "This is one more teaching of the universe!" he concluded.
Raul shared a series of throwback photographs of him and his now-late brother when they were teenagers and during different stages in their lives.
The images featured their mother, Ray's Latin band Menudo performing onstage, including a group photo of the band in their teen years.
CAUSE OF DEATH
According to Telemundo, Ray’s cause of death was a heart attack. He was born in 1970 in New York City and was brought up in Puerto Rico.
The pop singer joined the band in 1983, which became known as the most prominent Latin boy band in history. However, Ray only spent two years with them.
He left the group in 1985 because of a growth spurt and was replaced by Raymond Acevedo. He later reunited with other former Menudo members in 1998.
At the time, they came together to celebrate the band’s 15th anniversary. Ray performed once again with them officially back in 2016 and again in 2019.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
They released their first album in 1977. Although the group lost certain members over the years, it gained other new ones. Urban pop superstar Ricky Martin left the band after five years and pursued a solo career.
Ruben Gomez was part of the band for four years and left to study acting. Like Martin, Sergio Blass also left to become a solo artist. He released three albums and is now part of another band called Blass.Robert Avellanet also followed suit and is now a renowned telenovela star. Angelo Garcia did the same and has several albums under his name.
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