The Compañía" of Bobby Rodríguez & La Compañía no longer has its founder. Bobby Rodriguez, bandleader of La Compañía, died early this morning after 5:00. Bobby had been suffering from stomach cancer for a couple of years, unbeknownst to the public. Rodríguez's band was the first to clearly incorporate New Orleans influences into a unique sounding, hard charging and swinging New York Salsa ensemble that gave Rubén Blades some of his initial opportunities as a composer. He also participated in the Alegre All Stars recordings, among other things.