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Legendary Cuban singer Olga Guillot dies at 87

MIAMI - Legendary Cuban singer Olga Guillot - the queen of el bolero - died of a heart attack Monday at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach.

She was 87.

Guillot, whose career in Cuba was interrupted by the 1959 Cuban revolution, had lived in exile for years - splitting her time between Miami and Mexico.

She was part of a trilogy of the most famous Cuban singing divas - the others were Celia Cruz and La Lupe.

Guillot was the last survivor. Her biggest hit was "Mienteme" (Lie to Me).

Exiles affectionately called her "Olgita de Cuba." A native of Santiago de Cuba, Guillot and her family moved to Havana when she was a small child. As a teenager, she and her sister, Ana Luisa, performed as the Duo Hermanitas Guillot.

In 1945, her talent as a singer of slow, romantic songs was discovered by Facundo Rivero, an influential man in the Cuban music industry of the era.

In 1954, she recorded "Mienteme", which became a hit across Latin America and earned her three consecutive awards in Cuba as her homeland's best female singer.

She is survived by her daughter, Olgita.

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