Cuban broadcaster Gretchen Galindo, considered a master of that genre on the island and based in Miami for several years, died this Saturday after a long battle against cancer, as confirmed by friends and family.
His daughter, Yossie Galindo said she is Radio and Television professional He went through “difficult months before his departure” and thanked those who were supporting the family.
“May the pain of your absence and your farewell never overshadow the joy of such a beautiful life, giving everyone as much love as you only knew how to do. You don’t know what I would have given to have been able to keep you here with me for a few more years because I know how much you loved life,” he posted on Facebook.
“Have a party in heaven where you are now with others who also loved you as much as those you have left here. I will remember you every day with the same love that you gave us. It hurts a lot but as we always said… it’s just a ratico. I love you mommy. For all eternity,” he said.
For his part, broadcaster Guille Rivero de la Rosa stated in another post that Gretchen was a “great master of broadcasting in Cuba, a true news presenter.”
He recalled that Cuba “paralyzed at 8:00 PM and it was to be observed and enjoyed on the screen, they were other times, which will not return.”
Other Cubans described her as “a showcase of elocution” who “did it like no one else and had full and absolute command of what she did.”
“The speech in Cuba is in mourning,” they noted.
In 2017 it emerged that the popular presenter had undergone surgery to treat breast cancer that had afflicted her for many years.
Galindo began his career on radio and television on the Island in 1969 and achieved great popularity.
In October 2009, the channel News 41 made a series of special reports on Breast Cancer, where Yossie Galindo told the story of his mother, how the disease changed her life and that of her family, and the ways or alternatives to cope with it.
Gretchen Galindo became a myth for Cubans of the time and at some points in her career she worked closely with the dictator Fidel Castro in news programs and interviews.
In an interview for La Peregrina Magazine, Gretchen said about Castro: “On the occasions when I interviewed him and spoke with him, the entire personal guard was there, the custody. First they checked your wallets, your cameras, everything you were carrying.” “He was checked very carefully. Once you entered the place where he would be, you couldn’t leave or enter, and if you didn’t arrive on time and he was already in the place, forget that you weren’t going in, they are very rigorous about that.”
Likewise, in said interview he stated that he decided to go live in Miami because he stopped “believing in what I was doing and I couldn’t continue, it hurt me, I felt sorry for the people, it was embarrassing, and if I left it it would be obvious. The only option was to leave. I no longer had the face to speak, I no longer believed in that. But logically there was a stage in which I did believe, I was always very respectful of those who listened to me, I believed from the heart.”