Dominican singer Sonia Silvestre has died in Santo Domingo after having two strokes, her husband said. She was 61.

"We must sadly announce that our Sonia Silvestre has died," Jose Betancourt, the singer's husband and father of their two children, said.

Silvestre died on Saturday, Betancourt said.

A private memorial service will be held by the family on Sunday for the singer, who died at Hospital Plaza de la Salud.

The family plans to hold a public wake for Silvestre on Monday at a Santo Domingo funeral home, Betancourt said.

The singer had strokes on Wednesday night and Thursday morning while undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Sonia Margarita Silvestre Ortiz, who was born on Aug. 16, 1952, in the eastern city of San Pedro de Macoris, participated in music competitions and scored big hits with "La tarde esta llorando," "El arañazo" and "Donde podre gritarte que te quiero?"

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