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Ray Barretto, Grammy wining Latin jazz percussionist, dead at 76

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HACKENSACK, New Jersey (AP) - Ray Barretto, the Grammy-winning Latin jazz percussionist who had recently undergone heart surgery, died Friday, hospital officials and friends said. He was 76.

George Rivera, a friend who has been serving as a family spokesman, said Barretto died with his wife and two sons by his bedside at the Hackensack University Medical Center. Barretto had undergone heart bypass surgery in January and was operated on again two weeks later after an artery burst.

“He survived the bypass, he was feeling really good," Rivera said. “He was starting to talk and feeling strong, then something happened that night."

Barretto also had been recovering from pneumonia.

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