One of the most beloved female voices in radio, Betty Pino died Wednesday from a bacterial infection. The Ecuadorian radio personality was on air for over 30 years and had a daily music and entertainment program on Univision Radio station, Amor 107.5 FM in Miami.
Pino was hospitalized for an the infection on July 15 at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables, Florida and had since been placed in an induced coma while doctors tried different treatments. Pino’s publicist Nina Ruiz and close friend Alina Torres told HuffPost Voces that by the time a treatment for the infection was found, the bacteria had deteriorated Pino’s body and compromised several organs.
The Facebook post announcing Pino’s passing read: “The Queen of the Radio, with her velvet voice, has been called by the Lord. Leaving a void in the life of her family, friends, listeners, and all of those people whom Betty helped along throughout her career on the radio.”
Two days before her hospitalization, Pino shared a message with her fans via her Facebook account:
“All of the bad is behind us. Now we must allow only the good to pass into our lives…Many beautiful things are coming that you’ve been waiting for. Life has changed for you, and do you know why it has change?, because you’ve allowed God into your life, and now He is your friend, and is who guides your steps. He will know how to take you on the path of true, happiness, love, and success.” (Good Night)
Ricardo Montaner, Shakira, Gloria Estefan, Ana Gabriel, Emilio Stefan, Luis Fonsi, Jose Luis Perales, Julio Iglesias, among others tweeted their sentiments to their beloved friend Betty Pino.
Julio Iglesias said in a statement, “My friend, I didn’t expect you to leave us so soon, but we will see each other again. You were always so lovely with me and I always adored you. Life won’t be the same for all the artists who you helped so much.”
Tweets from other Latin artists:
Shakira: With much sorrow I have received the news of Betty Pino. I feel her loss. I will always be grateful for her unconditional support.
Gloria Estefan: Rest in peace Betty Pino, friend, distinguishable voice, godmother of our career and many more, proud Latina, we will always miss you!
Luis Fonsi: Rest in peace Betty Pino. Thank you for giving us your dedication and passion for music. Radio will never bee the same without you.
Jose Luis Perales: My dear Betty Pino, Today it breaks my soul to find out you are gone, although i am sure that you are still here.