Spanish musician Peret dies at 79

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 24:  Spanish singer Pere Pubill Calaf "Peret" attends Gold Medals of Merit in Fine Arts 2010 ceremony at the El Pardo Palace on November 24, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images) (Carlos Alvarez, 2011 Getty Images)
Spanish Royals Attend 'Gold Medals of Merit in Fine Arts 2010 (Carlos Alvarez, 2011 Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/27 1:23 pm

Singer and guitarist Peret has died at the age of 79.

The Rumba musician, born Pedro Pubill Calaf, passed away on Tuesday following a battle with lung cancer, according to

Peret recorded his first album in 1962, but he was best known for his 1971 song "Borriquito."

In 1992, he performed during the closing ceremony at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, and was working on two albums at the time of his death.


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