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Dominican merengue singer dies at 81

File: Johnny Ventura at the 14th Annual Latin Grammy Awards (Getty Images)

File: Johnny Ventura at the 14th Annual Latin Grammy Awards (Getty Images)

Famous Dominican singer and performer Johnny Ventura died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 81, officials said.

Ventura, whose real name was Juan de Dios Ventura Soriano, is survived by Nelly Josefina Flores, his wife of 50 years and seven children, 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic announced the news of his death on Twitter.

“The Ministry of Culture deeply regrets the death of the great Dominican musician Johnny Ventura,” they wrote in Spanish. “We join

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