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Managua, May 25 . .- The veteran artist Otto de la Rocha, an icon of Nicaraguan popular culture, died on Monday at the age of 86, victim of a disease “that one does not expect,” the Nicaraguan government reported.
De la Rocha, known for playing some of the most popular radio characters of the past two centuries in Nicaragua, had spent four years suffering “from one of those illnesses that you don’t expect, but that will come,” said the wife of President Daniel Ortega, Vice President Rosario Murillo, through government media.
In the last 30 years of his life, De la Rocha was recognized for playing Aniceto Prieto, the main character of the radio program “Lencho Catarrán”, who used comedy to tell the stories of a rogue and lazy young man, to whom his “Banditry” prevented her from doing well in life, including the conquest of her eternal love, the “Lupita”, played by the artist’s wife, actress Georgina Valdivia.
Murillo starred in a moment worthy of “Lencho Catarrán” during his message about the artist’s death, when he called Valdivia “Lupita”, and then corrected under “Gina”, a nickname known to women called Georgina in Nicaragua.
De la Rocha was also known in recent decades for “La palomita messenger”, a radio program with humor in two ways, in which he read the messages that people from the country and the city, or from Nicaragua with Costa Rica exchanged, provided advice, made fun of ridiculous songs, and harangued students who did not do their homework.
Since the middle of the last century, De la Rocha was known for his interpretations of Lencho Catarrán, a character on the radio program of the same name, which inspired him to later create Aniceto Prieto, and for playing Indio Filomeno, characters who imitated a peasant with the classic liveliness of the people, who marked an era in Nicaragua.
De la Rocha was a precocious artist, who established himself in the world of Nicaraguan radio since he was a 13-year-old teenager, and also stood out as a composer and singer.
Among his most outstanding songs are “Managua, linda Managua”, “La Pelo´e maiz”, “Plutarco Malpaisillo” and “Una song”.
Last week, the artist, with a Sandinista affinity, was involved in a controversy, since the news of his alleged death had spread, which was denied by his relatives.
The same controversy involved the former mayor of Managua Dionisio Marenco, whose family members also denied his death days before confirming it.
Some of the best-known Sandinistas in Nicaragua, all of the elderly, are often involved in controversies regarding the true day of their death.