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Buena Vista Social Club bassist Lopez dies

Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez performs in Havana, in this Aug. 11, 2000, file photo. Lopez, one of Cuba's best-known bass players and a founding member of the Buena Vista Social Club, died on Monday of complications from recent prostate surgery, fellow musicians said. He was 76.

Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez performs in Havana, in this Aug. 11, 2000, file photo. Lopez, one of Cuba's best-known bass players and a founding member of the Buena Vista Social Club, died on Monday of complications from recent prostate surgery, fellow musicians said. He was 76.

HAVANA – Buena Vista Social Club bassist Orlando “Cachaito” Lopez has died of complications following surgery in Cuba.

Fellow Cuban musician Manuel Galban says Lopez died in a Havana hospital on Monday. Lopez was born in 1933.

Galban, who played with Lopez for decades but was not a founding member of Buena Vista Social Club, said he did not know what kind of surgery it was.

Galban said “we have lost a great companion.”

Born in Havana in 1933, Lopez became an international sensation as part of the original Buena Vista group of elderly musicians that American guitarist and producer Ry Cooder brought together in the 1990s.

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