The remains of the former singer of the Menudo group, Ray Reyes, will be placed in the burning chapel this Tuesday, starting at 7:00 pm at the Boulevard Memorial Funeral Home in Puerto Rico, according to the family in a press release.
Ray Reyes, a member of Menudo during the golden era of the quintet who participated in reunion projects as recent as the “Get on my moto” tour, died last Friday, April 30 at age 51 of a massive heart attack at his home in Puerto Rico, "said Lidda García Acosta, president of the Grandes Eventos agency that handled the public relations of the" Get on my Moto Tour, "on Saturday to The Associated Press. "Dr. Ramón Gerena certified his death."
The wake will reportedly be open to the public so that their family, friends and fans can pay tribute and say their last goodbye.
The corresponding protocols of covid 19 will be followed, under the guidelines of the Government Executive Order, the statement reads.
“We would be comforted to have your presence at this time of pain. Thank you for all the expressions of affection for our family, ”said Raúl Reyes, Ray's brother, in written statements.
The body of Ray Reyes will be cremated and later an intimate service will be held for family and friends.
On social media, some of his former colleagues expressed their regret.
“How difficult it is to reach an age where your life brothers undertake trips where for now we cannot accompany them. But as the song says, the stars shine for you up there and that is how I will remember you, "wrote former Menudo Johnny Lozada on Monday in a tweet, along with a video of both singing the Spanish version of" Chiquitita. " ABBA, which includes the above letter.
"Since we were children we share a brotherhood and today, very sad for your departure!", Wrote for his part the former Menudo Charlie Massó on Instagram, expressing his deepest condolences for the entire family of the artist. “We have everything we have experienced! ... Rest in peace, Ray! "
Reyes was born on March 13, 1970 in New York and grew up in Levittown, Puerto Rico, where he passed away.
He joined Menudo in 1983 to replace Xavier Serbia and on his first album with the group, “A todo rock”, he performed songs such as “Si tú no eres”, “Chicle de amor” and “Zumbador”. This was followed by another three albums, but two years later he was forced to withdraw from the band when he gave a stretch.
In 1986 he recorded a solo album, “Una y otra vez”, and in 1988 he joined former Mendos René Farrait and Lozada in the popular trio Proyecto M, again replacing Serbia.
At the end of the 90s, he brought together several of his colleagues for a series of concerts at the Coliseo de San Juan, “El reencuentro”, in which Farrait, Lozada, Massó, Miguel Cancel and Ricky Meléndez also participated.
His most recent tour, "Get on my bike", began on September 6, 1999 with a full house in Puerto Rico and went on to perform in Orlando and Atlanta. Two days before its date in Miami, the concert was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic and the world tour, which included stops in the Caribbean, the United States and Latin America, was suspended.
In Mexico, where their concerts have been postponed several times in the last year, they plan to perform next December in Querétaro, Mexico City and Monterrey, if the health crisis allows it.
Reyes is survived by two children, Marcos and Cecilia