Celia Cruz, known as the "Queen of Salsa," would have been 88 today. Google celebrated with a new Google Doodle showing an exuberant woman with wildly colored hair grooving in a gown adorned with peacock feathers.
Cruz, hailed as one of the best salsa singers around the globe, died from a brain tumor in 2003.
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"Ten years after her passing, it is incredible how 'alive' she still is,” Nelson Albareda, CEO of Eventus, the representative of the Celia Cruz Estate, said in a press release
“Her voice and image are present everywhere and her impact on culture worldwide is immeasurable. Celia continues to bring joy and enrich the lives of so many globally. We are grateful to Google for our collaboration in assuring that her legacy continues to reach new fans around the world," Albareda said.
The Cruz Doodle is one of the few Latin-inspired doodles created by the search engine company, Billboard reported
Cruz’s lifetime awards and honors include 10 Grammy Awards, a postage stamp, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Born and raised in Cuba, Cruz became a star after relocating to the United States. She recorded 78 albums during her career.
Known for her energetic voice and show-stopping style, her wigs, shoes, and heels were recognized as works of art when they were displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in 2005, Time reported
Cruz's fans online were thrilled with the Google Doodle.
“Loved the Google doodle!” wrote one on a Huffington Post story
. “Thanks for honoring one of the greatest performers of all time. Years ago I was with friends at a Cuban restaurant when Celia entered with her husband and some members of her band. We were all elated to see her.”
Wrote another: “May this wonderful soul rest in peace. Happy Birthday Celia. Celia gave so many of us joy and happiness. Azucar!”
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