Reggaeton star Don Omar reveals cancer diagnosis

Reggaeton star Don Omar reveals cancer diagnosis

The reguetón artist posted a simple message on his Instagram account, alongside a photo of his wrist with a Florida hospital bracelet from Orlando Health Institution. AP Photo/Alan Diaz, file.

By Mivette Vega

June 17, 2024

This news comes amidst Don Omar’s ongoing “Back to Reggaeton” tour, a celebration of his career-defining hits.

Don Omar announced on social media that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

The 46-year-old reguetón artist posted a simple message on his Instagram account, alongside a photo of his wrist with a Florida hospital bracelet from Orlando Health Institution. 

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The caption read: “Hoy sí, pero mañana no tendré cáncer. Las buenas intenciones son bien recibidas. Nos vemos pronto.” (“Today yes, but tomorrow I won’t have cancer. Good intentions are welcome. See you soon.”) 

The post did not offer further details and sent a wave of concern and support through the artist’s community.

Singer Olga Tañón was one of the first to send him good wishes.

“Mi niño lindo ,Tú eres un guerrero de miles de batallas y le ganarás a esta también por su puesto! 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼.” (My beautiful boy, you are a warrior of thousands of battles and you will win this one too of course!’)

“No estas solo tienes guerreros q pelearan esta batalla contigo. Muchas bendiciones,” wrote a fan with the username, jlove1004. (“You are not alone, you have warriors who will fight this battle with you. Many blessings.”)

This news comes amidst Don Omar’s ongoing “Back to Reggaeton” tour, a celebration of his career-defining hits. The tour, which kicked off earlier this year, was scheduled to hit over 25 cities across the US and Canada, with a closing show planned for Puerto Rico. It remains unclear if his diagnosis will impact the remaining tour dates.

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William Omar Landrón, his real name, a reggaeton pioneer, has been a major force in Latin music for more than two decades. His collaborations with artists like Daddy Yankee and Tego Calderón are credited with bringing reggaeton to a global audience. Hits like “Dile” and “Salió el Sol” remain staples on dance floors worldwide.

Beyond music, he has also enjoyed success as an actor, starring in films like “Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift” and “Sanky Panky.” 

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  • Mivette Vega

    Mivette Vega is a seasoned journalist and multimedia reporter whose stories center the Latino community. She is passionate about justice, equality, environmental matters, and animals. She is a Salvadorrican—Salvadorian that grew up in Puerto Rico—that has lived in San Juan, Venice, Italy, and Miami.

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