What Caused the Death of Nilda Lavoe?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 15, 2020 5:19:36 PM ET
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Nilda Lavoe died in 2002 after she fell out of a window in her apartment, according to Today. She was 52 years old when she died. Lavoe was married to famous salsa singer Hector Levoe, and her full maiden name was Nilda Puchi Roman Perez.

Nilda Lavoe, more commonly known as Puchi Lavoe, was working on voice-over recordings for a movie about her deceased husband Hector Lavoe's life prior to her death. Before the film, which was titled "El Cantante," was completed, Nilda Lavoe accidentally fell backward out of a 14th story window to her death. Her official cause of death was ruled as severe head trauma due to the fall. Actress Jennifer Lopez had been working with her on getting her story for the film, and many of these recordings ended up in the final cut of "El Cantante."

El Cantante presented Hector Lavoe's life from the perspective of Nilda Lavoe. Hector Lavoe was one of the most well-known singers in the salsa community, and his relationship with Nilda Lavoe was featured extensively throughout the movie.

Years before her own untimely death, Nilda Lavoe experienced the tragic death of her husband, who passed away due to complications from AIDS.