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Buena Vista Social Club's Pio Leiva Dies
Published March 24, 2006

The Cuban singer was one of the most prominent members of the Buena Vista Social Club, which was immortalized in a film about the band by Wim Wenders in 1999.

Pio Leiva, the oldest surviving member of the Buena Vista Social  Club, died at the age of 88 in Havanna on Thursday.

The Cuban singer was one of the most prominent members of the Buena Vista Social Club, which was immortalized in a film about the band by Wim Wenders in 1999.

A number of the group's original members have passed away in recent years, including singer Campay Seguno, pianist Ruben Gonzales and singer Ibrahim Ferrer.

Leiva released his last recording album, La Salud de Pio Leiva in May, 2005. He also released a live album in January of this year, of a concert he performed in Amsterdam at the age of 87.