Dominican singer Juan Francisco Santana died after being in a diabetic coma, his family said. He was 84.

Santana, known as "El Songo," died on Saturday and his wake is being held at the Blandino funeral home in Santo Domingo.

Santana was known as a singer of boleros and merengue songs like "Salve San Cristobal," "Massa Massa," "El amor y la aventura," "Ansias" and "Y si mañana," among other pieces.

Santana was born on June 20, 1929, in Santo Domingo's San Carlos neighborhood.

He was a member of the Antonio Morel, Orquesta Ciudad Trujillo, Orquesta Angelita and Rafael Solano groups.

The singer, who was confined to bed rest for the last four months of his life, had received a national artists' award. EFE