Published On: Wed, Jun 27th, 2012

Update: Yomo Toro Remains in Hospital

Yomo Toro Remains in Hospital

New York, NY – June 24, 2012 – World renown guitarrist Yomo Toro is resting comfortably surrounded by the round the clock love of his family and friends. He has been receiving emails from around the world wishing him love and a speedy recovery. In the past two days he has been responding to the many messages of love and has started to eat, speak and even laugh and joke around. Any unconfirmed reports or rumors that Yomo Toro has passed are completely FALSE.

“We will alert everyone around the world of my father’s condition as soon as it changes through Aurora Flores who is the official spokesperson for the family.” stated Denise Toro from her father’s bedside. “Right now, Dad is hanging in there and true to his name, he is fighting like a true ‘toro.’

The family requests the public’s respect of their privacy during this sensitive and trying time regarding Yomo’s health and diagnosis.

On behalf of Yomo Toro‘s wife Minerva and daughter Denice Toro who remain with the famed “cuatro” player 24/7, the family wishes to acknowledge all the wonderful well wishes and outpouring of love from the legendary cuatro (guitar) masters’ fans and friends from all over the world. He is responding well to the many emails that his wife Mini reads to him daily.  His entire family from Puerto Rico, Florida and other parts are all surrounding him with love as many of his music friends continue to visit him.

Yomo has been suffering from kidney failure due to many years of high blood pressure. According to his doctors, he is too frail and senior for a transplant and his prognosis does not look well.

In the meanwhile, during this difficult time, expressions of love, well wishes, chants and prayers to Yomo are welcomed until further notice. Yomo Toro’s page can also be found over

There has been a lot of miscommunication over the internet regarding Yomo’s health. The family will update the press and many fans as to Yomo’s condition.  Right now, Yomo Toro is in God’s embrace and only God will determine when and if he leaves this world.

We thank you for your concern and cooperation.



Aurora Communications
Contact:  Aurora: 212.876.1936

New York, NY – June 24, 2012 – El guitarrista Boricua Yomo Toro conocido como el “Rey del Cuatro” se encuentra descansando en un hospital de Nueva York en un abrazo espiritual y familiar cerca a muchos queridos que lo estan velando las 24 horas. Los rumores a lo contrario son falsos.

La esposa de el gran cuatrista Puertorriqueño Yomo Toro, Minerva Toro junta a la hija Denise Toro aprecian el sentimiento de amor que sus amistades le han brindaro a Yomo durante este tiempo adonde Yomo se encuentra combatiendo insuficiencia renal por causa de la alta presion. Los doctores han determinado que Yomo se encuentra muy fragil para un transplante. El prgonosis no es bueno. Sinembargo, Yomo, en estos dias, ha respondido mejor que nunca saludando a sus amigos, haciendo chistes y hablando en español e ingles!  Su protoge, el joven cuatrista Pucho Alamo sigue al lado del musico todo los dias desde que Yomo se encuentra en el hospital tocandole el cuatro que Yomo le regalo mientras le pregunta:
“Acuerdas Yomo cuando me enseñaste a montuniar?”

El dramaturgo David Gonzalez trajo su guitarra y le toco las piezas que el y Yomo tocan en duo en su obra de Off Broadway “Sofrito” adonde Yomo toca un gran parte.  Hasta el alcalde de Ensenada ha sido vigilante ocupando un puesto cerca del cuarto del gran cuatrista desde la semana pasada.

Mientas la familia arropa a Yomo en una sabana de amor y alegria le piden al público que espere noticias oficial de la familia atraves de Aurora Flores y su agencia Aurora Communications. Los rumores causan mucho dolor a la familia que estan tomando turnos velando al legendario músico.

Mientras tanto le piden que respeten sus sentimientos en estos tiempos dificiles y simplemente envienle mensajes de amor, amistad, salud y oraciones a Yomo Toro a su direccion electronica: que esta respondiedo muy bien a los comunicados del corazon.  En estos momentos Yomo se encuentra en el abrazo de Dios y solamente Dios puede decir si se va o si se queda.

Gracias a todos por su preocupación de parte de la familia Toro.




Yomo Toro
King of the Cuatro

Date of Birth:
26 July 1933, Guánica, Puerto Rico

Birth Name:
Víctor Guillermo Toro Vega Ramos Rodríguez Acosta

Born in Ensenada, Puerto Rico as the son of an amateur guitarist,Yomo Toro grew to have a five-decade career as one of New York City’s best respected Latin musicians. Toro’s instrument of choice was the cuatro, a Puerto Rican 10-string guitar-like instrument descended from the Spanish Vilhuela.

After first landing in New York in 1953 with his band, Los 4 Aces, Yomo embarked on a series of tours of the Caribbean, finally settling for good in the Tremont section of the Bronx in 1956. He played with Trio Los Panchos in the early ’60s and recorded four albums with them, including one featuring Eydie Gormé.Soon after that he began recording with the legendary Fania label, eventually joining their world-famous house band, the Fania All-Stars. During the late ’60s and early ’70s he hosted a tv show called the Yomo Toro Show on New York’s Channel 41.The show, which featured interviews and entertainment from a host of Latin personalities, was on for seven years. 1969 was an especially fruitful year for Toro. He recorded Tribute to Arsenio with the Larry Harlow Orchestra — an incredibly influential salsa album.Toro also got to hook up with some legends in 1970 when he recorded the classic Asalto Navideño with Willie
Colon and Hector Lavoe, combining the new sounds of NewYork salsa with traditional Puerto Rican Christmas music.The album was, and continues to be, one of Fania’s best-selling products of all time.

In the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s Toro’s career continued non-stop. He appeared on over 150 albums, recording over 20 solo albums for Fania, Island, Rounder and Green Linnet Records. He broke back into television and film, playing on commercials for several major international companies and working on the soundtracks for several films, including Crossover Dreams with Ruben Blades and Woody Allen’s Bananas. He broke out into many different genres, recording with Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, Linda Rondstadt and David Byrne. In 1994, Yomo began playing and recording in the Latin Legends with Larry Harlow and Aldaberto Santiago. He has been an important member of David Gonzalez’ off Broadway production of “Sofrito.”  Today, his rapid fire guitar strains are heard over Zon del Barrio’s Cortijo’s Tribe CD and the single “Homenaje al Sonero Mayor” where Yomo soars on solos that let him stretch and expand his virtuosity on strings.

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Update: Yomo Toro Remains in Hospital